In any event, I read this recent recap where the topic was marriage. I've provided the link because I think the 7 tips shared are spot on.
Marriage is a lifelong relationship; it's a relationship. The other day when a tennis player who was part of the winning Men's Doubles Finals at the Australian Open thanked his wife during his speech, he said, "We've had good times and bad times, but thank you for being there." Sometimes in the bad times, we forget what we have; we forget to laugh and to just enjoy each other's company. Our vision becomes clouded by our immediate circumstances.
Writer Herman Wouk was asked what was the "secret" to his marriage of 60 plus years. He said, "It was love that got us through. We put our heads together and figured out what we needed to do." This quote illustrates what we all know: love is an action; love is a choice. When married, you've made the choice to love the one you're with.
In marriage, don't let tricky times or bad times shift your foundation; they shouldn't if your foundation is firm. And there's nothing wrong with acknowledging tough times but the beauty is you're not going through life alone. Tough times don't last, but tough people do. I'm full of cliches today but cliches exist because they're true. Regardless of what you're going through in life, and in your relationships, hang in there and make sure you have a firm foundation.
Is your marriage on a firm foundation? If it's not what do you need to get it there?