As it’s coming up to St Valentines day & my wedding anniversary; I;d like to share this poem  by Wilferd A. Peterson – The Art of Marriage. It gives us all a goal to work towards with the one we love  whether you have a certificate or not!

Happiness in a marriage is not something that just happens. 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 at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with honeymoon, it should continue through  all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values & common objectives. It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation & demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding & a sense of humour.

It is having the capacity to forgive & 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 & the beautiful.

It is not only marrying the right partner. It is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at it’s best.

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