A group called the Worldwide Marriage Encounter certified the marriage as the nation’s longest ongoing union. On a recent trip to Nevada, President Obama was even scheduled to deliver brief remarks acknowledging the couple. However Wilbur and his bride were running late to the event…you think…he’s 100 yrs old. So the announcement was scratched from the speech.
As for the secret to their wedded bliss as they approach their 80th anniversary, Wilbur says, “It’s very simple. It’s give and take and compromise.”
Gosh! Is that all it takes to achieve happiness in a life long commitment between two human beings? At first glance Wilbur’s advice seems simple, even attainable. Simple advice within reach of every married couple looking for the answer to wedded bliss. However, marriage is anything but simple. Marriage takes everything you have and then you need to be ready to give and take.
Are you ready for a little Give and Take? Well it’s time to roll up your sleeves and join in the lively exchange of ideas or conversation ….mutual concessions, shared benefits…light teasing, frivolous banter, interaction, reciprocity, agreement and flexibility! Now that wasn’t so bad? Right?!
If you are still committed to achieving wedded bliss after you experienced give and take and reciprocating and bending then it’s time to compromise.
Oh yes Compromise…here we go…it’s time for a settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions…agreements, accommodations, adjustments, trade offs…where a couple meets on middle ground…meets halfway, concedes…supports, boosts, assures and enhances.
And once you have mastered the simplicity of give and take and compromise you will be well on your way to understanding the secret to wedded bliss…
- ational Winners of Longest Married Couple Project Announced by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
- MY Sun’s tips for wedded bliss (thesun.co.uk)