This morning I am reflecting on my life; I am reflecting on how I have gotten to today. When I take time to stop and reflect ~ I am truly grateful. I often speak in my posts of my time and my relationship with my children, but the truth is my marriage, my husband, is the root to our beautiful family. It takes work to be grateful, it takes work to have a good marriage… I am blessed that I have a partner beside me willing to work.
Marriage is defined as ‘a union of two elements’… A union is ‘the action or fact of joining or being joined’. When my husband and I joined each other in this life we became teammates, partners, allies, and honestly… best friends. You certainly don’t know this is the case right away! You begin by living together, trusting each other, ironing out differences, listening… If you really listen you learn about one another and learn from one another! In every decision we make in life we must put effort into it to make it work… marriage follows this rule threefold!!
What I find interesting in this life is that each simple moment leads to things you could have never imagined. My husband and I have been married 23 years and 6 months! Could I have ever imagined us being here? No. Did I know then that each struggle, each decision, each triumph together and literally each moment (good or bad) would lead us to the strength in togetherness we feel today? No. We have built the life we live today. By being true to ourselves and true to each other we strengthen our bond minute to minute. When I hear others complain about their husband or wife I have a hard time understanding it. If you have agreed to be married… to be partners & teammates to one another… I believe you better find the good in what another is attempting to do and learn to share it, learn to tell them and others what is good about what they are contributing. We can all find fault, we can all blame others, but being teammates means you rely on each others strengths to ‘join together in a cooperative effort’. Venting what you dislike about your partner , your teammate, to others will always weaken your bond. Work hard to tell others what’s *great* about your partner, and most importantly when you identify the good in them… work hard to tell THEM what is great about them!! This will strengthen your bond!!
My husband is exceptional. He is reliable, he is willing, he is committed, he is flexible, he is consistently respectful and supportive. Now, does he occasionally veer away from these many attributes? Of course! Do I? Of course! Do we need to focus on the times we veer away from being our best? No. Always focus on the good, be grateful for the times we are able to accomplish our best intentions… realize that each other is trying! Learning to respect the good in one another is your key to happiness… bring each other up not down! Of course there will be times when things are off balance and you can’t find the good if there isn’t any to be found… but when you chose to have this person as your partner, your teammate in this life, there was good… if you find the courage and work hard to voice what you love about them and show gratitude for what is good when it is good ~ then when things are off balance you have leverage to speak about it. Respect comes from built trust… if you have put honest gratitude into your partners emotional bank, if you have allowed them to see and believe their worth and excellence to you over time, it is easier to talk about and deal with the tough stuff. I’ve said it in parenting… but I believe it to also be true in marriage… All we expect is respect!
My husband is my best friend. We laugh together and we cry together. This isn’t something that comes magically, there isn’t a soul mate out there that is just the right one that you skip out into the flower-filled field with and run into the sunset… but there is a partner willing to work along side of you and be your forever teammate. They will sacrifice self for you and they will tell you when you’ve done well and they’ll tell you when you’ve done bad. They will love you for you. The hard work you put in is so worth the time, so worth the struggle… if you take care of every moment, be your best and demand the best from them… you will lead yourself to a place you never knew existed. 23 years ago I was young, I was learning…I met this man and we fell in love, we have built a successful life, a life to be proud of. Through all the changes and transitions we remain modest and grateful for one another. We have built true love… it didn’t just come to us… we continue to work at it… side by side… we are stronger together than we are apart! I wish true love to be created by all.