"Where There are Friends, There is Wealth"
- Plautas (3rd century)
Today's post comes from Mike Berry, my good friend, writer, and inspiration to so many families. I have personally used his practical parenting tips in my life. Check out his blog: Confessions of a Parent, and his most recent offering: The Adoptive Parent Toolbox
Last week I was meeting with a young couple who are getting married this fall. As we talked about their wedding, and the type of ceremony they would like to have, we also spent some time talking about married life and some lessons I've learned over 14 years of marriage.
At one point in the conversation I bluntly said to both of them- "Don't have a TV in your bedroom in your new house after you get married!" A bit puzzled, they hesitantly nodded. "Because," I continued, "a married couple's bedroom is sacred on so many levels!" They agreed.
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I have messed up some relationships recently. And I have needed to apologize. The great irony is that I teach others how to have successful relationships.
As I was enjoying my humble pie, I began wondering… How do you see your blind spots?
This morning I sat across from her at a local diner just looking at her in wonder. She loves going out for breakfast and spending time together so her eyes were sparkling a bit. As I sat there gazing into her blue-green eyes for a long time she looked back into mine with a calming smile. It was soulful.
I reveled in the moment. I reminisced our first date, where similarly, we sat across the table and stared into one another’s eyes for what seemed like hours.
She broke the comfortable silence, “I didn’t used to be this way before I met you. I wasn’t able to look someone in the eye like this. I’ve changed. I think that is why I went through everything I did before we met so I was ready to meet you.”
It takes a lot of inner strength to sit quietly, and look into someone’s eyes. It’s powerful and intimate, like being naked and unashamed. It’s scary, yet powerfully inviting.
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Joel is a husband, father, musician, and lover of life; especially life that is shared with the wealth of amazing friends and family he is blessed to have near.