High school teaches you how to cook, sew, and manage your bills, but school nor your family ever really teach anyone about marriage. People today are fighting over same sex marriage, but yet the US has THE highest divorce rate. Is it not the time for us all to bring down this rate and learn how to actually be married?
Sometimes I think marriage is wasted on the young. The qualities that insure a happy marriage are those most of us only begin to master after going through many painful life lessons. I didn’t marry for the first time until I was 53 years old, and by that time I had been through so many rocky relationships that I was “forced” into learning how to be a better woman.
Pain was my greatest teacher. I finally stopped using it as an excuse to feel sorry for myself and began to pay attention to how it was asking me to change. The arrogance of youth kept me very self-centered and wanting relationships to go my way. For a long time I neglected to cultivate and nurture the qualities that I needed to have a healthy marriage.
Here are the five qualities I began to explore and develop within myself. I could…
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