Crisis can come upon couples unexpectedly and rattle even the most solid of relationships. No matter how smitten you are with your honey, doubt may creep into your mind, clouding your vision of a perfect match. So how do you really know if this relationship is right for you? Here are a few ways to find out:
1. Moral support
When your friends and family want to see you and your partner together, there is something to savor. Sometimes outside perspective is needed to see things you are too close and emotionally invested in to appreciate or view clearly. Don't base the value of your relationship on the opinion of others, but listen to the voices you love and respect.
When a fight does break out, it's a clean one. Your arguments work toward resolving issues and solving problems while still appreciating each other's feelings and needs.
3. New issues
Your issues are new issues. Past problems actually get worked out and don't come back up to bite you. Old resentments don't get brought up in new arguments, and old dirt doesn't get thrown around in current conversations.
4. Hard work
You're both willing to put in the work. You jump into action without skipping a beat, and you work on an issue until it's over. No hesitations.
5. Growing together
You and your partner are evolving together emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Growing closer is easy and a natural course of your relationship.
6. Major change
You are both naturally changing for the better because you are happier being who you are this new way. Not because he asked you to change, and certainly not to keep him. Maybe you never wanted children, and now you can't wait to be a parent with your partner. Or maybe he always needed his space, and now being away from you feels incomplete.
7. Life partners
You don't see yourself or your life without him. And you know he feels the same way.
8. The L-word
"Love" rolls off the tongue effortlessly. You can't imagine not saying it; that would hurt too much. You need to say it, you want to say it and it brings you joy. And it's the same for him.
You don't see anyone else as a potential partner, and you're not interested in building any kind of connection with another. No one comes close to the amazing person you have. Physical attraction may pop in and surprise you, but the desire for intimacy or emotional connection doesn't develop.
Knowing when you are right where you should be can be difficult in the midst of it. Hindsight may be 20/20, and if you're the type that doesn't know what you've got until it's gone, keep your eyes open and see what blessings you have in your love. Let this list encourage you to keep going and keep the faith when the road gets rough and blue skies go gray. You can build a beautiful home for yourself and your family when you appreciate everything and everyone in it.