August 25, 2017
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
I have been thinking a lot about my wife and our years together as she struggles to regain her health. Our years together have not always been easy, like many others we have shared both the good times and the bad.
My wife’s greatest contribution to our happy life has been her ability to forgive my missteps and stand beside me when we faced challenges. She also did most of the rearing of our three fabulous children.
Our many years together have resulted in mutual understanding and a caring friendship. These days I get great comfort just holding her hand and wish I had done it more often over the years.
My hope these days that her recovery results in her ability to live happily and together.
The following story reminds me of how we learned to live together without animosity.
NO POINTING FINGERS
A man asked his father-in-law, “Many people praised you for a successful marriage. Could you please share with me your secret?”
The father-in-law answered in a smile, “Never criticize your wife for her shortcomings or when she does something wrong. Always bear in mind that because of her shortcomings and weaknesses, she could not find a better husband than you.”
We all look forward to being loved and respected. Many people are afraid of losing face. Generally, when a person makes a mistake, he would look around to find a scapegoat to point the finger at. This is the start of a war. We should always remember that when we point one finger at a person, the other four fingers are pointing at ourselves.
If we forgive the others, others will ignore our mistake too.
A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
Pearl S. Buck
There was a party in progress in the woods. Suddenly, there was a downpour of thunder and rain. They jumped out of the tent and ran for about 10 minutes in the pouring rain, finally reaching their car just as the rain let up. They jumped into the car, started it up and headed down the road, laughing.
All of a sudden, an old Indian man’s face appeared in the passenger window and there was a light tapping on the window. The passenger screamed out: EEEEEK! Look at my window! There’s an old Indian guy’s face there!” The old Indian man kept knocking, so the driver said, “Well open the window a little and ask him what he wants!” The passenger rolled her window down part-way and asked, scared out of her wits, “What do you want?” The old Indian softly asked, “You have any marshmallows?”
The passenger, terrified, looked at the driver and said, “He wants marshmallows!” “Well, offer him the whole bag! HURRY!” the driver replies. So she fumbles with a backpack and hands the old man a bag of marshmallows and yells, “Step on it!” rolling up the window in terror.
Now going about 80 miles an hour, they halfway calm down, and start laughing again, and the passenger says, “What was that?” The driver says, “I don’t know. How could this be? I am going pretty fast.” But, all of a sudden AGAIN there is a knock on the window and there is the old Indian man again. Aaaaaaaaaaaaa, there he is again!,” the passenger yells.” “Well, see what he wants now!” yells back the driver. She rolls down the window a little ways and shakily says, “Yes?” The old Indian quietly asks, “Do you have a lighter so that I can roast the marshmallows?” The passenger throws a lighter out the window at him, rolls up the window, and yells, STEP ON IT!” They are now going about 100 miles per hour, trying to forget what they had just seen and heard, when all of a sudden again there is more knocking! “HE’S BACK!” The passenger rolls down the window and screams out, WHAT DO YOU WANT?” instark fear. The old man gently replies, “You want some help getting out of the mud?”
It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
Scotsman, planning a trip to the Holy Land, was aghast when he found it would cost fifty dollars an hour to rent a boat on the Sea of Galilee. “Hoot mon,” he said, “in Scotland it wouldna ha been more than $20.”
“That might be true,” said the travel agent, “but you have to take into account that the Sea of Galilee is water on which our Lord himself walked.”
“Well, at $50/hour for a boat,” said the Scotsman, “it’s no wonder he walked.”
For fast acting relief, try slowing down.
Jill was really peeved! She was arguing with the druggist because her favorite cure-all could not be bought without a prescription.
“Look, lady. You can’t have this without a prescription because it’s a habit-forming drug.”
“IT IS NOT!” yelled Jill. “I ought to know…I’ve been taking it regularly for seventeen years!”
A kind word is like a Spring day.
A group of junior-level executives were participating in a management training program. The seminar leader pounded home his point about the need to make decisions and take action on those decisions.
“For instance,” he said, “if you had five frogs on a log and three of them decided to jump, how many frogs would you have left on the log?”
The answers from the group were unanimous, “Two.”
“Wrong,” replied the speaker. “There would still be five, because there is a difference between deciding to jump and jumping.”
“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
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