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Lessons learnt from 50 years of marriage


Mary and I have just celebrated 50 years of marriage, a wonderful time!

Here are 5 things I’ve learnt over that time.

1. Be each other’s cheerleader. Spend time encouraging your spouse to achieve their dreams and a sense of fulfillment.

2. As a husband take responsibility for the well being of your marriage. In other words when there are issues the ‘buck’ stops with you.

3. Listen more than you speak. We have two ears and one mouth! When she is sharing a problem remember she is using you as her ‘sounding board’ so don’t rush in with a quick solution.

4. Latest studies show romance is one of the most important factors in a successful marriage. So plan regular dates and fun adventures together.

5. Deal with conflict. Find a way of conflict resolution, such as the ‘talking stick’ or ‘floor’. Conflict that is unresolved is like cancer; it will eventually grow until it becomes fatal for the marriage.

Finally she longs to hear often from you, “You are lovely and capable.” Or “You are an irreplaceable lady!”