My friend told me the following story about: “A Bride’s Choice of Two Men on Her Wedding Day”.
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On my friend’s Wedding day, his wife gave him a hand-written note. It read, “On her Wedding day, a bride must choose between two men that she wants to marry: One man is flawed, with good traits and bad. The other, she will try to change into the husband, with whom she wants to spend the rest of her life.”
My friend’s wife wrote, “I choose you, “As Is”, to be my husband for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, ‘till death do us part.”
My friend replied, “I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
My friend kept that note in his dresser drawer for 47 years. It’s yellow and faded, with frayed edges, but its value increases every day.
It’s counter-intuitive that love is less about moonlight & balconies, and more about patience & acceptance.
- It takes courage to be vulnerable.
- It takes strength to surrender personal wants.
- It takes confidence to give, asking nothing in return.
- It takes sacrifice, like Christ loved us.
Sacrifice does not mean “Loss”. Sacrifice comes from 2 Latin words: “Sacri Faciam” – “To make holy”. The rich, fullness of love is holy. That’s love’s Cosmic Beauty.
My friend’s wife’s unconditional love “As Is” is the thread that sewn two hearts together, forever. Paradoxically, loving a husband “As Is” transforms a husband into willingly wanting to be the better man, so devoutly hoped for on their wedding day.
Valentine’s Day attempts to express the rich, fullness of the spectrum of Love. Perhaps, if couples exchanged the gift of acceptance “As Is”, expecting nothing in return, then their Valentine’s Day gifts might be…timeless…priceless.
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Happy Valentine’s Day