The Art of a Good Marriage

We were at a wedding on the weekend and heard this great poem. I liked it so much that I thought I would share it with you:

The Art of a Good Marriage

By Wilferd Arlan Peterson

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 never going to sleep angry.

It is never taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is 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 not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.

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.

About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

Posted on Monday, 24 Sep 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Great advice to live by… Awesome post

  2. Reblogged this on karensunhumbleopinion and commented:
    I think this would also be applicable to everyday relationships.

  3. Thank you, I’ll try to remember this. “It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.” — this is my favorite. =>

  4. Beautiful poem 🙂 my mother told me marriage is like a garden … You have to tend it often … I guess I didnt hear that early on if she told my ex and me … But I know it to be true 🙂

  5. Awesome and Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for posting this – these are important words and thoughts.

  7. Beautiful — I love it — thanks for sharing!

  8. That’s a wonderful poem, with wise advice for all couples. Thank you for sharing it!

  9. I love this all, but the best one, in my opinion, is the last line: “It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.” So true. 🙂

  10. what a beautiful person you are…..

  11. Beautiful….thank you for sharing…

  12. Really enjoyed this. So true if we could only sit on our own ego and put those thoughts into practice. 🙂
    P.S.: Thanks for checking out & following my blog.

  13. That is a very beautiful poem and so true. I like your picture.

  14. absolutely beautiful! gotta share this with my wife.
    thanks for sharing an awesome post Attila!

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