Together We Have It All?
Sometimes a couple can be together, and yet seem miles apart. In his book, Love Is A Verb, Gary Chapman includes this story by Sheila Farmer, who had nothing in common with her husband, and he didn’t enjoy anything she liked to do. They agreed to each step out of their comfort zone and do something for the other. The result surprised her.
I looked at my husband, and his eyes shone with the same pleasure I displayed at the beach. We were in his element, and he enjoyed my company just as much as I enjoyed his at the beach.
Most people who know me could not believe that I, afraid of spiders, sat in the woods on a hunt. But that is the power of compromise inspired by love. When we give and take the unbelievable becomes possible and even enjoyable.
Gary adds these words, “How shocking to learn that something that thrills us is torture for the person we care about. When we learn about these differences, we face choices. (…) Compromise in a relationship is not only a good goal but necessary for the relationship to grow and fully develop.”
This book is full of stories about many relationships: parent/child, husband/wife, and more. You can find the book on Amazon here. (I am not an affiliate with Amazon, and receive no reimbursement for this referral. I just believe this is a good book to read!)
A Hummy Sort of Day
“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more… to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
“How lucky I am to have someone who makes saying good-bye so hard.”
There is so much wisdom in the forest world of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Wisdom that applies to all types of relationships, and even though A. A. Milne didn’t write about marriage, the lessons work there, too.
This card is part of a collection of spring greeting cards “A Hummy Sort of Day,” named after a selection in Winnie the Pooh.