My cousin is getting married today and unfortunately, we can’t be there to attend. Our newborn is not yet six-weeks old and we’ve had to rework our travel plans accordingly. In lieu of our absence, we wanted to congratulate the newlyweds and offer ten practices and principles that have really benefited us in our years of marriage.
Be committed to a common aim, purpose, and spiritual path. There should always be something greater in your life than yourselves and each other. Your lives should orbit around a constant that is unchanging, not the temporal.
Express gratitude generously for things both big and small. Everyone wants to feel appreciated, even when they do what’s expected of them.
Be committed to your personal development. Always set goals for self-improvement and support each other respectively.
Avoid blaming each other and instead work together towards solutions. Blame is rarely productive but teamwork most often is.
Share new things that you read/learn/think about and be reflective. Sharpen each other’s intellect and rediscover each other through stimulating conversation and thoughtful introspection.
Value each other’s interests. Understanding what a person loves or enjoys helps you to better understand them.
Be selfless in your service to each other. If you are both sincere in your giving, there is no need to keep tabs. In a healthy relationship, giving and receiving is mutual.
Maintain attractiveness, health, and well-being. Value your self and spouse enough to take care of yourself both inwardly and outwardly.
Honor each other and your families. Never tear each other or family members down, in public or private. Always seek to build, not destroy. Offer criticism constructively and advice sincerely.
Choose your companions wisely. Surround yourself with friends that value marriage, fidelity, and family. Build a community around you that nurtures your marriage and a marriage that nourishes your community.
Our warmest congrats to you both. We pray that your union is blessed for many years to come. Welcome to the family, Fiona!