Friday, November 18, 2011

The Art of Marriage

Saw this on facebook today.  I don't know if it really was written by Paul Newman or not, but I like what it says, and considering Paul Newman's marriage lasted, I think he and his wife knew a thing or two about marriage - unlike today's Hollywood couples.

Paul Newman's letter to his wife on their wedding day:
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
What today's Hollywood couples call marriage doesn't really have much to do with what marriage really is.  It makes me wonder why they even bother, and why the rest of us are supposed to care. 

1 comment:

  1. I found this:

    It seems it is written by Wilfred Arlan Peterson and was quite well known.


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