Sometimes when we come to the end of the road we realize that the fence is broken, a relationship is finished. Sometimes we know that the fence can't be mended, but other times we might be able to salvage that old fence or at the very least let it go without recriminations or holding grudges.
There are times when relationships are too toxic to maintain. When that happens you need to either distance yourself or cut ties with the person. That can be especially difficult if the other person is a family member, but you have to always remember that your health and well being is of the utmost importance.
So what do you need to do when you need or want to repair a broken relationship?
1) The first step is restoring trust. Without trust a relationship cannot be restored.
2) Communication is essential in mending a broken relationship. Each person has their own perspective when a rift has developed and it is important for the two parties to be able to discuss what is going on.
3) Forgiveness is the next step that needs to happen. You may never be able to completely understand the other person's rationale, but in order to move forward you need to be able to forgive them.
4) Once you have established trust, and communication and forgiveness have begun, it is important to nurture the relationship. Keep the lines of communication open and make sure to put the relationship before your differences.
Mending fences can be difficult but if you want the relationship to continue it can with some work on the part of both parties.
What have you done to mend fences in your own life?