Marriage Tuesday

bob marley was a jamaican singer-songwriter and musician and pretty much the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music in history.  he died of cancer in 1981.

his would never be a name that comes to mind when i think of marriage.  in fact, he wasn’t much of a model.  eleven kids by for different women…only one who was his wife.  but i read a quote by him tonight that showed an amazing depth about love and relationship.  it’s worth reading.

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you.

When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.

There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all.

A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.

You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end.”

these are great words.  truth is truth…no matter where it comes from.

can you express the depth of your love and relationship with your husband or wife with the same kind of clarity and conviction?

i hope so.

here’s a little marley from back in 1980, or so.  for the record, i’ve always loved the reggae vibe.  go figure…

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3 thoughts on “Marriage Tuesday

  1. Just the opening paragraph, is the best explanation on L & R I have ever read.

    I expect we will have some awesome poetry coming out of Washington and Colorado soon.

    My questions are – Can you find the “One” on the first try? (I know my answer)

    Or, do you continue to look for the “One”?

    Or force a “Two” to be a “One”?

    Then, is a forced “One” just a manufactured “One”, and really still a “Two”?
    Is that type of “One” good enough for the journey?

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