If you think about your own experience with relationships you may notice that relationships are often more a source of difficulty than they are a source of love. If you think about this, it's not just relationships with our mates that I'm talking about. We have difficulties with our parents, with our children, our bosses and co-workers, and we even have difficulties with our friends. What's interesting is that, considering the amount of suffering that comes out of relationships, the Buddha did not add relationships to his short list of sickness, old age, and death, as the primary causes of suffering. But there is one things that's certain that we can all verify this for ourselves, relationships will often push us right to the edge of where we are personally stuck.