My daughter is getting married tomorrow and earlier in the week she sent me over a reading they want to use during the ceremony – The Art of Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson. Apparently, it is one of the most iconic wedding poems of all time, and was read at the Las Vegas wedding of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I had never heard of it before.
Reading the poem for the first time, it struck me that the wise words it contains would be good advice, not just for a couple of newlyweds, but for everyone. Here’s a short excerpt:
The Art of Marriage…is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
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.
I do love weddings; times of great joy when everyone is on their best behaviour. Sometimes, the honeymoon continues long after, like the Newmans’, which lasted over 50 years until his death in 2008.
But just imagine if the whole world was able to put the sentiments above into practice every day. It would be as if heaven had come to earth.
All the very best,
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