Tuesday October 20, 2015 #764

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

~Mignon McLaughlin


My youngest son and his fiancée got married on October 10th, which has me thinking about love and marriage.  I have been amazingly blessed to have been married for over 19 years to my best friend.  Today’s quote resonates with me as I do fall in love over and over again – luckily with the same person!

Some say marriage takes hard work.  I don’t like that verbiage because it insinuates a negativity to the effort – drudgery, etc.  It does take focus, commitment, perseverance, optimism, and hope.  But ultimately it requires falling in love, again and again.  If you are struggling in your marriage, focus on the relationship, focus on your partner, and woo him/her again.  Be your best you, be selfless, open and loving, and win him/her all over again.  Unless you are in an abusive situation, most marriages can be successful with these ingredients.

For my son and my new daughter-in-law, I wish for them what I have been fortunate to enjoy – a lifetime loving partnership, built on falling in love again and again.