I’m married to Bear. She’s wonderful.
At the start of this week, we celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary: eighteen years spent in the company of my best friend; eighteen years spent listening and learning and having the rough edges rubbed off me.
Back in 2002, in the weeks leading up to our wedding, we signed up for one of those marriage preparation courses – a series of sessions designed to get us ready for the big day and all the adventures that lay beyond. The chosen subject for one of those sessions was communication and, during it, we were taught about two specific words that you ought to make every effort to avoid using in any relationship:
‘Always’ and ‘Never’.
Eighteen years along the road, I can attest to the wisdom of that advice.
You know how things can begin to unravel when you find yourself falling out with the person you love most in the world:
“You never take my concerns seriously…”
“You always try to fix things when all I want you to do is listen…”
“You always leave your dirty stuff on the floor…”
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