Building & Sustaining Healthy Relationships

People don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care. Building and sustaining healthy relationships is like putting together a 1000 piece puzzle

Larry Lukens, a successful business man who shares the ups and downs in his personal and professional life. He describes this as the American dream that became the American nightmare. He shared significant setbacks including the death of a child, an IRS investigation, family drug abuse, serious health and financial crises.

Throughout his story, Larry talks about the four corners of a healthy relationship.

  1. The first corner piece is making sure you are moving in the same direction. All players need to find a win/win scenario through curious, receptive conversation in which you listen, disclose concerns, and foster a sense of caring, mutual respect and alignment.
  2. The second corner piece is trust. If you are combative, and fear another’s integrity because there is a lack of honesty and follow-through on commitments.
  3. The third corner piece is margin. Margin is making time in every day so that you have the time to invest in peace; this includes down-time to relax and take care of your well-being.
  4. The fourth corner is be a tour guide not a travel agent; walk with others in empathy and shared experiences.

Larry Lukens is a successful businessman and spiritual expert in the e4e community who uses his life and work experience to bring comfort and counsel. To contact Larry, call him at 740.294.9740 or write him at


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