Jane Austen once wrote, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” But that doesn’t ring quite true.
Experience has proven time and again that chance has much less to do with happiness than do attitude and outlook. Austen might have more accurately written, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of choice.”
Our success in marriage, as in life, is in large part determined by the choices — large and small — that we make day after day after day.
So… what is it going to be? Will you:
- Affirm or criticize?
- Rejoice or complain?
- Hope or despair?
- Listen or ignore?
- Smile or frown?
- Work hard or give up?
- Show respect or contempt?
- Put others first or look out for #1?
- Build up or tear down?
- Make love or make excuses?
The choice is yours. You decide.
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