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The Art of Marriage

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage, the little things are the BIG THINGS...

It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you," at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is at no time taking the other side for granted; the courtship shouldn't end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings like an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a sense of humor.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each other can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is not marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best, as expressed in the words of Mark Twain used in the tribute to his wife: Wherever she was, there was Eden.

Wilfred A. Peterson

 
Updated on 08/26/2005.