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This is a condensed version of a great poem called “The Art of Marriage,” by William A. Peterson. It inspires me all the time to reflect on my attitudes, behaviors and actions. It certainly helps me think about choosing my words more carefully. I hope it inspires you as well to be the best spouse you can be.
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 a day.
It is at no time taking the other for granted.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives, 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 and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and 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 and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
I am an ordained wedding officiant who serves the Lake of the Ozarks area and a member of Lake of the Ozarks Wedding Association. Find me on Facebook – Rev. Jane Wright or check out Reverend Jane Wright on Pinterest.