One of my friends is moving to England (the other side of the world) to be with her fiance. On Sunday she had a farewell barbeque. To say goodbye I made her this:
I also wrote her a letter. At the end of the letter I felt like printing myself out a copy so I could remember my own advice (I especially like the last dot point). Some of this I have learnt, much of it I am still learning. I hope that what I wrote will also benefit you. Here is some of it:
...I wanted to share with you some of the things I have learnt about love and marriage. I hope dot points are okay as I should be working on my university assignment right now.
- Love is precious, like a rare gemstone that must be guarded.
- Love is beautiful.
- Love is hard work.
- Love is worth it.
- When we love we put the other person before ourselves.
- We don't love the other person so that we will be happy (that is selfish).
- We love because that is what we choose to do.
- We love because we want to make someone else happy.
- Happiness is a by-product of choosing to love someone more than we love ourselves.
- Many people do not understand that love does not always come naturally.
- When we aren't feeling the love, we need to choose to be loving anyway.
- Happiness is not the goal of marriage.
- Learning to love and cherish someone before ourselves is the goal of marriage.
- This first blush of romance and happiness does not last.
- If you are committed, something better than what you have now will become yours.
- The stability and trust and confidence in a solid relationship where there is dedication and commitment is far more satisfying than the exciting whirl of romance. However...
- If you have a good, loving relationship, there will always be romance!
- Surprise cuddles are wonderful!
- Sometimes men get grumpy when we give them a surprise cuddle. Timing can be crucial.
- When you argue (and you will) do not say “you never...” or “you always...”
- When you argue, make up before you go to sleep.
- Say "I love you" everyday.
- Do not wait for the other person to apologise first, even if they are wrong.
- When you go through a hard day or year (or ten), remember what you have: do not throw it away, but hold onto it, because night does not last forever.
- Do not try to change the other person, change yourself first.
- Marriage is something that refines your character and teaches you how to love.
- Learning to love is a never-ending lesson.
- Always remember and appreciate what you have!
- You hold the success and happiness of your marriage in your hands.
Have you got anything that you are bursting to add to this list? Share in a comment :)