Happy Anniversary to You!

Ciao and Sacred Sunday to you:

Today is my husband’s and my 39th wedding anniversary.  Holy Cannoli, that’s a lot of years!

I can tell you without a doubt that it hasn’t always been “happily ever after” or “wedded bliss”.

I am tremendously grateful for my husband, my very own person, yet life is life after all, and you know…

Like a river that ebbs and flows, the journey of marriage carries you along consciously and oft-times unconsciously.

Rapids suddenly appear when you least expect them. And just as quickly, when you’ve been holding on for dear life, the waters calm and you find yourselves once again floating along smooth waters.

While not everyone is blessed with a long-term loving partnership, relationships are relationships.

Whether the relationship you’re engaged in is with your child, best friend, business colleague or beloved, I believe there are seven important ingredients for success.

Listed below are the seven essential attributes, I feel are necessary, for all meaningful and committed relationships to be built on or refined over time.

💓Communication and Forthrightness

💓Honesty and Trust

💓Patience and Understanding

💓Respect and Appreciation

💓Emotional Support

💓Ability to Receive Productive Feedback

💓Humor and Celebration of Wins

These qualities are also necessary to cultivate and deepen for the most important life-long relationship of all.

The relationship you hold with YOURSELF.

And so, I must include love.

For at our core love is who we are and what we’re most craving.

Self-acceptance, self-respect and self-love.

When we develop these virtues, we are much more able to enter into meaningful, purposeful and loving relationships with others.

Happy anniversary to you, my friend!

With love and appreciation, xoxo Paulette

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