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Kinda special to have two great posts on the same day on such an important topic. Susan and Terri delivered for us so I was inspired to offer some thoughts of my own (and maybe help lower the tone to keep Ricochet’s quality expectations in check.) Here is my encapsulated wisdom for young guys based on 43 years of largely undeserved happiness:
I believe a man can travel two paths to marital success. The high road begins with a reflection on Adam’s job before he met Eve. He woke up each day free of resentment, insecurity, or egoism, and experienced life, intellect, and the entire universe as a gift. His mission was to understand, accept and say “Thank you!” for everything. He was an affirmation specialist. Imagine how an affirmation specialist must have responded to the first woman, to know her in detail and live as if gratitude for her very existence defined his life.
If approximating that level of devotion seems too daunting, there is the second path: Find a woman with flexible expectations and a great sense of humor and try hard not to do anything to prevent laughter. The second path by no means precludes bringing some higher path moments into the mix. It is strongly encouraged that one do so.
The capacity of a woman to love disproportionately in response to your affirmative inputs is a thing of wonder. And just noticing and acknowledging the phenomenon makes it happen even more. Go figure. You won’t ever really understand how that works but that’s OK.Published in