Several readers asked me to share what I said to Drew and Lindsey during their wedding ceremony. The following are my thoughts on love that I shared with them.
Before Lindsey and Drew exchange Vows, I want to share a few things that I have learned in my 28 years of marriage with Sally. First and foremost, love and marriage is a commitment and promise made from the heart. It is a lifelong commitment to find and bring out the very best in each other. You are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener and critic. How you are friends to each other, how you confide, love, teach, listen and critique each other will be different every day and will change as your relationship matures. Over time, you will find a perspective on life that will ground you through the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs and highs and lows of your marriage. If you will bear with me a few moments, I’d like to share a few things that I have l learned about love in my marriage with Sally.
It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.
It is the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories and working toward common goals.
It is loyalty through good and bad.
It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weakness.
Let your love be stronger than your anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.
Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst.
Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
Give each other the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.
Love is content with the present, yet it hopes for the future and it doesn’t brood over the past.
If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack.
Say “I love you” every day.
But most of all… ENJOY IT.
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