Throughout history, humans have always pondered the basic question of how to repair a broken relationship. It matters not who is involved, or how the break occurred, or when the rupture took place. What matters is taking responsibility for the first step. We can’t direct the steps of others, but we can take charge of our own decisions to move forward. For example, President Lincoln, at the end of the Civil War, knew he must act to reunite a nation of people who struggled with feelings of bitter hatred. He stepped forward and designed a reconstruction policy that would bring the nation together. Each of us, In our own personal relationships, must consider our options, and then take action to repair or replace.