Friday, September 19, 2008

DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?

Got this through an email from my bestfriend, kudos to Farihan Sudirman

During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question. She said,
'How do I know if I married the right person?'

I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said,
'It depends. Is that your husband?'

In all seriousness, she answered 'How do you know?'

Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it's
weighing on your mind.


Here's the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle. In the beginning, you fell in love
with your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and
liked their idiosyncrasies.

Falling in love with your spouse wasn't hard. In fact, it was a
completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO
anything. That's why it's called 'falling' in love... because it's
happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, 'I was swept off my feet.' Think about
the imagery of that ___expression. It implies that you were just
standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and
happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is easy. It's a passive and spontaneous experience.

But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades. It's
the natural cycle of EVERY relationship. Slowly but surely, phone
calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always
welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead
of being cute, drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you
think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference
between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or
even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, 'Did I marry
the right person?' And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria
of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with
someone else. This is when marriages breakdown. People blame their
spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for
fulfillment.

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is
the most obvious. But sometimes people turn to work, church, a hobby,
a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It
lies within it.

I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else. You
could. And TEMPORARILY you'd feel better. But you'd be in the same
situation a few years later. Because (listen carefully to this):

THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON;
IT'S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.


SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It'll
NEVER just happen to you. You can't 'find' LASTING love. You have to
'make' it day in and day out. That's why we have the ___expression
'the labor of love.' Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And
most importantly, it takes WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make
your marriage work.

Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific
things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your
marriage.

Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity),
there are also laws for relationships. Just as the right diet and
exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your
relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It's a direct cause and
effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable...
you can 'make' love.

Love in marriage is indeed a 'decision'... not just a feeling.

enuf said.

15 comments:

rudy bluehikari said...

wahhhhhh!

Mata kecek said...

So dah decide 'feeling' yang mana yang akan 'diikat'?

Salam 21 Ramadhan

Nurbaya Hassan said...

i was in love with a wrong guy. i'm married to unknown man.
and now...im no one!!!
hehehehe....

artisticklytouch said...

rudy:
oh, wow!!!

sepet:
feeling-feeling garden wedding katanya

nurbaya:
you are a single parent...not everybody can do that!

Pegawai Khalwat said...

Oh yeah!

jinggo said...

eeerrrmmmm.....

Mak Su said...

ntah, maksu pun tak pasti, ahaks

eh, art! meh amik awards kat blog kita... :)

pjoe said...

topik yg aku tk faham
LOL

sinaganaga said...

pergh! haibat!

artisticklytouch said...

PK:
yeah yeah

jinggo:
mmmmmm....bob!!

maksu:
award ada disertakan duit raya dak?

pjoe:
LOL

bro naga:
copy paste sajork...tunggu kemunculan aku di MASKARA yer

-:afIk:- said...

me? married to the wrong guy oso lah ye? nasib baik dh divorce... kekeke...

artisticklytouch said...

afik:
well...takkan ada kejayaan kalau tak lalui kegagalan...it is part of learning dear

kiah kay said...

wah nk kawin ke? hah did i marry the right person? i'll never know, i guess....ekekeke..

artisticklytouch said...

kiah:
kiaaaaaahhhh!!!!

kiah kay said...

why babe why?sensitip ka apa? jgnlah marah mana tau jumpa dugung kat pulau fantasi ko tuh hah....aku doakan ek!