May 22, 2019
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
My wife and me have been married for sixty-six years and we have never been closer. It has not always been easy but my wife has been tolerant of my weaknesses and supportive of my complex careers. She has been a wonderful mother raising our three great children. I have a lot to be grateful for but most of all I am grateful for the life we have had together.
We have never needed each other more than we do now. Every day I am thankful for her companionship and her friendship. We struggle a little bit these days with our health issues but we do well together.
I do hope that your life can be as good as ours. Jon Gordon recently shared his thoughts on his marriage and I could not agree more with his comments. Here is a slightly edited copy of his article.
7 LESSONS LEARNED FROM 22 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
- You Know You Are With The Right Person When They Give You Strength – Looking back on my life and marriage, there’s no way I could have done it without my wife.
- Be Willing – Early in our marriage our relationship wasn’t very good. I was young, selfish and quite negative. One day she had enough. You have to change.” I looked at myself and my life and realized she was right. I was willing to change and it led me to do the work I do now. So, be willing to improve and grow. You’ll benefit your marriage and the world.
- Communicate, Communicate, Communicate – Most relationships initially break down because of poor communication. It’s so important to keep the lines of communication open. My wife and I have had our share of disagreements over the years but we always communicated and this allowed us to grow strong together.
- The More I Love My Wife the More I Love My Life – I’m not talking about the popular phrase happy wife, happy life. I’m talking about the fact that the more I focus on loving and serving my wife, the better I feel about myself and my marriage. It’s not about what she does for me. It’s not about keeping score. It’s about me deciding to be selfless and love her, serve her and be there for her.
- Encourage Instead of Compete – To have a great marriage you have to be one team who supports and encourages each other. When you support and advocate for each other you grow as individuals and also strengthen your team.
- Have a Shared Mission – My wife and I knew that we weren’t together just for ourselves. We felt our mission was and is to raise champions in life that will make a difference in the world. This mission and purpose influenced every decision we made and continues to influence us. We know we aren’t perfect parents and have made mistakes along the way, but our mission inspired us to give our very best.
- Keep Working At It. Don’t Quit – As everyone knows, marriage isn’t easy. There’s an ebb and flow. Sometimes marriage is great and sometimes it isn’t. When you plant yourself in your marriage and nurture your relationship and invest your time and energy in your spouse, over time you grow into the person you are meant to be. You stay the course. Keep working at it.
The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
Barbara De Angelis
She said: After shopping at a busy store, another woman and I happened to leave at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting task of finding our cars in the crowded parking lot. Just then my car horn beeped, and I was able to locate my vehicle easily.
Wow,” the woman said. “I sure could use a gadget like that to help me find my car.”
“Actually,” I replied, “that’s my husband.”
I planted some birdseed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it.
Your in trouble if:
Your accountants letter of resignation is postmarked Zurich.
You have to hitch hike to the bank to make your car payment.
The little league puts you on waivers.
Your suggestion box starts ticking.
Your secretary tells you the FBI is on line 1, the DA is on line 2, and CBS is on line 3.
You see your stockbroker hitchhiking out of town.
You see the captain running toward the railing wearing a life jacket.
They pay your wages out of petty cash.
Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza …
Margaret was royally 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!!!!” Screamed Margaret! “I ought to know: I’ve been taking it regularly for seventeen years!”
To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
A customer called the airline’s reservation office to pay for his ticket with a credit card. The reservation specialist asked him, “Would you please spell the name as it appears on the card, sir?” The customer carefully replied, “V-I-S-A.”
Mom, I’ll always love you, but I’ll never forgive you for cleaning my face with spit on a hanky.
At a pre-birth class for couples who had already had at least one child, the instructor raised the issue of breaking the news to the older child.
“Some parents tell the older child, ‘We love you so much that we decided to bring another child into this family.’ But think about that. Ladies, what would you say if your husband came home one day and said, ‘Honey, I love you so much, I decided to bring home another wife?'”
One of the women immediately responded, “Does she cook?”
Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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