It’s day 2 of Elder Grateful Month. Whoop Whoop!
Today, I’m giving a shout out to my husband, Matt. I am so grateful that I have him in my life and that he is my husband.
Matt and I will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary next month. (What is that? Copper? Aluminum? If you ask me, 5 years should be something precious and valuable because the first five years are hard.) We do not have a perfect marriage, because no one does, but I think that we have a solid marriage. I really, really, really like my husband even when I wonder why I love him. And I really, really, really love my husband even when I wonder why I am not killing him.
Matt, in return, puts up with a lot by being married to me. I’m not an easy person to live with, to be married to or to be in love with. He has to have great patience, lots of understanding and a big heart. He has all three in abundance.
Luckily, we both have oversized senses of humor, which helps us through most situations.
So, to Matt, here is a quote from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. It is the Prophet’s thoughts on Love.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.