Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Art of Marriage

Today after another day in court, read about it at Trivium Academy, Michael and I stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch and I found a print for our home, The Art of Marriage. It is based on Wilfred A. Peterson's poem, albeit truncated.

"The Art Of Marriage"
by Wilferd A. Peterson (short, popular version)
Compliments Of Erik & Beth Kent, Co-Publishers of
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things...
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once each day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation and
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right partner...
It is being the right partner.

It's perfect, for us and our bedroom. We bought a gecko in Mexico, colorful and bright and we've decided to make our bedroom the same to remind us of our cruise last year and to have a sense of happiness when we're in the room. The picture below is from our cabin, it's on the right next to the conch shells we collected in Honduras and a turtle carved of slate from the mountains of Belize.

What a perfect find for us, especially today.

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To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.


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