Today is my 14th wedding anniversary. My husband and I have been together 18 years. Boy how time has flown. As I sit here today typing this blog post I’m still thinking of the answer to the question — What is Love? Well let me tell you, I’ve got some ideas of what it is not. I’m sure you do too. I also know that since being married we have both grown. And speaking for myself, I think I’ve grown for the better. In the name of love we can stretch ourselves more than we ever could have imagined. Unfortunately, it seems that growing is often accompanied by pain. Think of it something like the labor pains of birth. You are giving birth to something new — and you will survive. I was watching Oprah one day when she was interviewing Susan Sarandon. Susan said something like, “a crisis is just a way to get you to another paradigm.” Sometimes we hold on so tightly to the way things were, to beliefs that no longer serve us, to our views of the way things “should” be, to being rigid an unchanging — which only causes pain to ourselves and others. Marriage isn’t all “for better.” We lose our naievete. You will experience times that feel like the “for worse” part of the vows. But hang in there, pray, and work on yourself (I know, we all think we are near perfect just the way we are), as well as your relationship — and things will get better. Love is action. Happy Valentine’s Day! P.S. If you want to see a good movie about marriage I recommend “Fireproof.” You can check it out free on http://www.ovguide.com.
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