First of all, before getting to any sort of other thoughts or tangents, a happy belated Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful husband and all of the other dads out there. I was busy cooking for my special guy all day yesterday (Grilled hot dogs and baked beans for lunch, Spinach Manicotti and Garlic Bread for supper and a mulit-layered cake from scratch with lemon fruit filling between the layers – frosted with my favorite fluffy frosting recipe… serious YUM!) for dessert. Then I collapsed and watched a little golf with him.
For obvious reasons, I didn’t get by Self Help Daily to wish you guys a happy day yesterday – so here are your dues today… Happy Father’s Day!
A few of my daughters and I have been talking a lot about relationships lately. So, I figured since my thoughts were already headed in that direction, I’d just run with it. Whether you’re still looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right or you’ve found your soul mate, you know how very, very important it is to choose wisely.
Jackson Brown said it best, “Choose your life mate wisely because from that one decision will come 90% of your future happiness or misery.” So. True.
Young people (and even not so young) often have the wrong priorities when looking for their life partner. If you base your relationship solely on money or solely on attraction, you’ll soon learn that if someone doesn’t have more than a full bank account or a beautiful face going for them, they’re of little worth – to you or themselves.
I wish I could sit down and talk with every girl, boy, woman, or man who’s looking for that special person. I wish I could write down Jackson Brown’s outstanding quote and frame it for them. Getting inside their head with this truth would do one of two things:
- Help them avoid making the biggest mistake of their life.
- Help them make the smartest decision of their life.
Forget money, forget strong shoulders, forget beautiful eyes, forget beautiful smiles, even forget a laugh that makes you laugh right along with them – even when you don’t get the joke. You have to make certain that the person you commit yourself to spend your life with is your soul mate. You have to be certain that this is the person that will bring you happiness, peace, and joy.
He or she has to be the person that will make any apartment, house, or trailer feel like Heaven on earth.
Make no mistake about it, you’ll have arguments. If, that is, you’re both humans and not sheep. You’ll have some doozies, mark it down! You’ll yell, you’ll stomp around, and you’ll (at times) make a perfect fool of yourself. These things happen when people love one another…. comes with the territory. Keeps things interesting.
When I think of the words Soul Mate, I think of my husband – I guess it’d pretty much suck if I didn’t. My husband, Michael, is my blue-eyed proof of Jackson Brown’s quote. See, I think a soul mate should be someone who “jives” with you, someone who speaks your language even when you aren’t speaking. He/she should “get” you and respect you even when they may not see eye to eye with you.
A soul mate should be ready to stand beside you, even when you’re wrong – and dare anyone to say the words out loud.
Here’s one of the things I adore most about my husband: He lets me be me. He doesn’t try to change me or make me feel bad for my quirks (I have a collection of them, but that’s another article.). You may have guessed by now – but I’m the poster child for animal lovers. If I could, I would surround myself with about 20 of every kind of animal known to exist.
I’ve always been this way. When we first met, Michael didn’t have any pets whatsoever. I quickly took care of that.
Over the years, I’ve subjected this man to countless cats, dogs, and birds. Strays are drawn to me like bees to honey. Whenever a new dog or cat has ever come into our yard, the process never deviates:
- I rush out to welcome (and name) the new family member.
- Michael quietly heads off to the store for dog food or more cat food.
He isn’t what you’d necessarily call a “dog person” but not long ago two beautiful, frisky, adorable black dogs came into our yard. He went for food.
When my mom passed away, we took in her adorable dog Wednesday. Michael and Wednesday became the best of buddies and took walks each night. I’m not sure which one of them looked forward to them more, but I suspect that he was the one with just two legs.
The thing is, if you want to have a happy life – one filled with laughter, smiles, peace, and love – choose the individual you’ll spend your life with more carefully than you’ve ever chosen anything.
- Choose the person who makes you smile even when you’re down. Stay away from the person who brings you down even when you’re smiling.
- Choose the person who makes you feel good about yourself. Stay away from the person who makes you feel bad about yourself – as though you don’t quite measure up.
- Choose the person who fits in well with your family. Avoid the person who ridicules your family, causes tension, or tries to start trouble. So not worth it.
- Choose the person who makes life fun! Avoid the person who seems to be allergic to fun and laughter.
- Choose the person who has similar interests to your own. Sure, you need to have individual interests as well (I’ll never be a golfer any sooner than my husband will be a baker), but you should have plenty of things in common. If you don’t, you’ll never have anything to talk about!
- Choose the person who respects you, your opinions, your beliefs, and what you stand for. Avoid the person who’s looking for a clone of themselves. Give them a mirror and send them on their way.
If you, like me, have already found your soul mate, you might want to pause for a while and just think about how lucky you are. It’s a pretty rare thing, you know.
“Choose your life mate wisely because from that one decision will come 90% of your future happiness or misery.” – Jackson Brown