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Being happily married

June 17, 2013

Last week, I was out shopping with a friend and her husband who were visiting from India. It was an eye opener for me regarding marriage and life. I am thankfully blessed with the best family I can hope for. It took me one trip with my guests to realize how little I appreciate what I have. They were like two little kids fighting over a candy bar throughout the day. I am sure they love each other dearly, but I noticed that neither was willing to compromise for any reason. Are we just tuned to be selfish? The world would be a much better place if only we realize that one person’s action may affect someone badly. My parents, who have been happily married for nearly 35 years now, have taught us few very important things:

  • Respect your spouse for what he/she is
  • Do not expect him/her to have the same opinion as yours
  • Be willing to discuss and compromise on things that may raise tension, rather than let it take its course
  • Above all, remember how deeply you love the person. Everything else becomes trivial then.

Being parents, we have two little beings looking up to us for the kind of human beings they want to be when they grow up. We have the moral responsibility to show them how to raise a happy family. All we need to do is to set an example of how to coexist peacefully and love each other unconditionally. There is an old phrase in Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) that goes like this:

“Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu”

It roughly translates to “May all the beings living in this world have joy and peace at all times”

Let that begin from home…

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