The Beatles were wrong.
There I’ve said it even though I never thought I would disagree with those 4 adorable boys from the 60’s.
What I have learned from the past (almost) 42 years of marriage is….. it takes more than LOVE.
Love is pretty darn important if you want a relationship to last
at least 42 years. But it takes more than that.
If I had to choose one thing that would assist you in any relationship, I would choose Acceptance.
It’s easy to accept someone in the early stages of a relationship. You are discovering each other, you are emotional, passionate, perhaps infatuated and you love almost everything about your partner. Once you make a commitment to that person, things
always/sometimes change. The more you spend time with that person, the more you get to know them, and undoubtedly there will be things that you really aren’t crazy about. Like how that person never scoots up to the dinner table and always has a pile of crumbs and spilled food all over the floor under his seat.
You just have to learn to accept things like that.
No one is perfect. There are things I do that drive my husband crazy (although I can’t really think of any at the moment) and there are things he does that drive me crazy. Any relationship has that whether it be couples, children, grandchildren, coworkers, or friends. Accepting people for their strengths and their crazinesses is necessary to maintain that relationship. There is no secret formula for relationships. But accepting others for who they are is an important part.
Just think what an awesome world it would be if we could all just accept each other.