Are you thankful for your life? This is one of life’s greatest secrets: to truly be thankful for what you have, where you are, who is part of your life and what the future holds. Of course, in order to be thankful for those things it’s necessary to have those things. Each day we’re making choices about things that we want as part of our lives, choices that affect our customers, our kids, our partner and/or our family, and choices about what the future holds. Whenever we make a choice we have to live with it, change it, embrace it or deal with the fallout.
One of the things I’m most thankful for is my partner. We work well together, we don’t mind each other’s quirks, enjoy the quiet moments and work through the hard ones. I’ve experienced what it’s like to have a partner who isn’t on the same page as you and it makes things incredibly difficult, not to mention not as much fun or as motivating to do the work required in a relationship.
I’ve said before that your happiness is really your responsibility, not theirs, and I still believe that. But part of being a partner is about seeing to their needs and desires, making sure they’re cared for, encouraging them, supporting them through the tough times, pushing them to be better and/or meeting them where they’re at depending on what is called for at that time.
A relationship that is a partnership works off mutual trust, happiness, interests, goals, chemistry and love. In a true partnership that’s meant to last these things take time to develop, they’re not instantaneous. But romancing each other, learning about each other, discovering the secrets, creating new stories and memories, and embracing what could be forever are part of the fun of a building a partnership.
If you’re in a good partnership have you told your partner lately how grateful for them you are?
“Marriage has made me a lot happier and I’m deeply in love with my wife, and I thank God for her every day…It is really rare to find someone you really, really love and that you want to spend your life with and all that stuff that goes along with being married. I am one of those lucky people. And I think she feels that way too. So the romantic stuff is easy because you want them to be happy.” Harry Connick, Jr.