Like a river, a relationship is a living thing with its own unique form, capacity and flow. We admire our rivers. We use them for transport, nutrition, protection, entertainment, etc. We are more and more concerned with not polluting our waterways. Relationships are similar. We travel on them; we are nurtured by them, we play in them, and we hopefully try not to pollute them. Often, once we become familiar, we drop our manners and expect others to deal with our worst behavior. Then we wonder where the noble nature of our collaboration has gone. When you are in a meaningful relationship of any kind, be excellent, be your best, give your best, all the time.