Tuesdays With Morrie

 

 An Excerpt from Tuesdays With Morrie
By Mitch Albom

 

“Still,” Morrie said, “there are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don’t respect the other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike.

“And the biggest one of those values, Mitch?”

Yes?

“Your belief in the importance of your marriage.”

He sniffed, then closed his eyes for a moment.

“Personally,” he sighed, his eyes still closed, “I think marriage is a very important thing to do, and you’re missing a lot if you don’t try it.”

He ended the subject by quoting a poem he believed in like a prayer:                    “Love each other or perish.”

 

 

 

Tuesdays With Morrie

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Tuesdays With Morrie

  1. Great words. But of course life is a river that sometimes provides for smooth sailing, other times offers raging waters that takes every emotional fiber in a spouse’s arsenal to hold on. To the knot. In the rope. In the tie that binds. But then looking at “marriage” as a promised union, and not merely a legal document, any relationship requires the same mental-emotional fortitude to stay together when it may appear to be “so easy” to split. To dig deeper at Albom’s words (via Morrie) I would say that a couple needs to actually speak about ground rule applications. For example, what does “mutual respect” mean? Seems blatantly obvious doesn’t it? But it isn’t. A wife or girlfriend telling her husband or boyfriend to get his feet off the couch may not jibe with the dude as much as the dudette (from my experience). Examples abound, and that’s why boundaries are needed. To carve each person a special space that permits that mutuality of respectfulness to infuse them and their surroundings. For only when the woman feels like the queen in her own castle alongside her man who feels like the king, can the coronation of equals coexist in connubial bliss imho.

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