When I’ve been talking about grit I’m using it as a metaphor. Even in the toughest and most reliable mechanism can grind to a halt if dust particles and grit are left to bulld up.
Human beings are naturally altrusitic, but when it comes to our personal relationships we can be petty, pernickity and petulant. And that's often the undoing of us. Some relationships are made to fail, and others should never get off the ground. Most hit rough water at some point; it is how they are tested and strengthened. If you value yours but it is struggling, remember that you have to invest in it. If a relationship is worth saving it is worth working at, even though sometimes you might not feel like it!
I have put the list together because it seemed like a good idea, and because I am feeling mischievous. But if you know about the Trickster, you'll also know that mischieve often has a deeper purpose.