Marriage takes a lot of tenacity, communication, and forgiveness, when both people are working for it, that is.

Even still, research shows that more couples over the age of 50 years old are getting divorced than ever before.

With that said building and keeping a strong marriage with lasting love, here are some truths that we all have in common and might inspire you in a different way, knowing that you’re not alone in marital struggles.

Food for thought:

Lifelong commitment is not what most people think it is.

It’s not waking up every morning to make breakfast and eat together.

It’s not cuddling in bed until both of you fall asleep.

It’s not a clean home, filled with laughter and love making every day.

It’s someone who steals all the covers, and snores,
it’s slammed doors and some harsh words at times.

It’s stubbornly disagreeing and giving each other the silent treatment until your hearts heal, and then offering forgiveness and being forgiven.

It’s coming home to the same person every day that you know loves and cares about you in spite of, and because of, who you are.

It’s laughing about the one time (many times) you accidentally did something stupid.

It’s about dirty laundry and unmade beds.

It’s about helping each other with the hard work of life.

It’s about swallowing the nagging words instead of saying them out loud.

It’s about eating the easiest meal you can make and sitting down together at a late hour because you both had a crazy day.

It’s when you have deep emotional anguish, and your partner lays down with you and holds you and tells you everything is going to be okay. And you believe them.

It’s about still loving someone even though sometimes they make you absolutely insane.

Loving someone isn’t always easy. It takes courage, compassion and sometimes it’s really hard.

It’s up to each of us to decide if we want to embrace all of it.

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