Tuesday, November 23, 2010

52 Books in 52 Weeks: Book 44

Everyday I Love You More (Just Not Today) by Nancy Shullins is a down-to-earth look at what makes lasting marriages work. Full of humor, wit and good advice, this book kept a smile on my face. The short chapters make it easy to read in small increments. I would recommend this book to anyone who is married, thinking about marriage, or in a long-term relationship. 

Excerpts from the book:
The partnerships that stay fresh are the challenging ones, the ones that never stop pushing us out of our ruts, coaxing us to shut our eyes, take a deep breath, and soar.

There are always some issues that can't be resolved in a way that will satisfy both. Somebody loses and somebody wins, and that's the way life tends to go... Flexibility, resilience, and openness are invaluable marital aids. When the answer isn't obvious, give it some time and wait and see what option lies ahead. It may look different from what you had in mind, but that isn't to say that it can't work. Happiness comes in unpredictable ways; the key to finding it lies within you.

Dogs have some sort of genius for making their owners connect... In the interest of harmony, stress management, and joy, I heartily recommend pets: fun loving and loyal, entertaining and adoring, affectionate and mercifully incapable of talking back. Amiable escorts on the journey through life, selfless shock absorbers over the bumps.

Letting someone else do things means losing control of the manner in which things get done. While that many not be easy, it's still worth a try for the chance to unburden ourselves.

"A lot of friction is caused by half the drivers trying to go fast enough to thrill their girlfriends and the other half going slow enough to placate their wives." – Bill Vaughan

The love that holds people together for life is mysterious, elusive, and rare. Like snowflakes or humans, no two loves are alike; every couple must find their own way. It's that journey through life that we celebrate here, the one for which there is no map. The footprints we leave get erased by tides, but the love we create never dies.

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