One of our absolute favorite compliments that we've ever heard one spouse give to another comes from a story of a couple that had been married nearly 67 years. One evening when this couple was in their old age, they were sitting together and the wife leaned over to the husband and gently said, "You have always given me wings to fly, and I have loved you for it."
What an incredible compliment! One that we're all trying to live up to.
One of the most wonderful parts of being married is having a companion to share the experiences of life with. Having someone by your side to laugh with, cry with, and work with, who loves you for who you are... quirks and all! Having someone by your side who will cheer you on and push you to be your best self. Having someone by your side who you can share everything with without feeling judged. Having someone to hold you, love you, support you, and care for you. In short, one of the most wonderful parts of being married is having someone at your side who gives you wings to fly.
Sounds pretty awesome, doesn't it!? Don't we all want a spouse who gives us wings to fly?
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But while we consider how wonderful it is to have someone who gives you wings to fly, let's also recognize another important question to ask yourself, "Are you giving your spouse wings to fly?" It's important to remember that marriage is a two-way street - one that requires more giving than receiving to be truly successful. It requires us to look beyond ourselves and consider the needs of our spouse before considering our own. Successful and thriving marriages are built as each companion maintains as their primary objective the happiness of their spouse.
And here's where the magic happens... when each spouse is more concerned with the well-being of their partner, both spouses end up having their needs, and even some of their wants, met. Plain and simple, marriages built on this strategy last - and the spouses are genuinely happy.
So, what does it mean to support your spouse? How can you give them wings to fly? While each marriage is unique and will function a little differently, here are some ideas for what supporting your spouse may look like.
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Hopefully, as you read through this list you noticed some ways that support is shown in your marriage. What does support look like for you and your spouse? How can you make sure you're giving your spouse wings to fly? These are questions worth considering and ideas that are worth making a little extra effort today to pursue. As you do, we guarantee your efforts will nurture your marriage!
Photo Credit: Top Photo - Caitlinn Mahar-Daniels; Bottom Photo - Jason Corey Photography
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