Love & Relationships | The BridgeMaker - Part 3

#thegoodstuff Just the Good Stuff

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And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars. – Beth Revis

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Mary Beth and I are faced with our yearly dilemma – how do we want to celebrate it?

My wife and I made a pact several years ago that we wouldn’t be influenced to give each other the obligatory card or the required roses.…

basics of love Waking Up to Love

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To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten. – Thomas Chandler

Life has a way of lulling me to sleep sometimes. Not sleep in the literal sense, but sleep in the my mind is numb and I feel so checked-out sense.…

Strengthens Marriage How Dual-Zone Temperature Controls Strengthen My Marriage

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You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. – Sam Keen

Sometimes the most ordinary things can bring the greatest clarity.

I experienced a moment of clarity driving home from the Thanksgiving holiday when I realized an important contributor to the strong marriage Mary Beth and I have built is something completely ordinary – dual-zone temperature controls.…

the love of a family What Love Looks Like

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. – Sophocles

There seems to be a competition lately – a competition between what can drag our hearts down into the darkness the fastest.

What will win?…

25 Small Ways to Love Big 25 Small Ways to Love Big

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It’s the little things that keep us together. Those little things will make me love you forever. – Sonia Schaad

#ThrowbackThursday Update (Oct. 30, 2014): After being out of town the last few days, it was the small things I missed most.…

be a better husband 10 Ways to Be a Better Husband

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Being a good husband is like being a good stand-up comic – you need ten years before you can even call yourself a beginner. – Jerry Seinfeld

Some days I wish there was a book – a reference manual on how to be a better husband.…

more ways to live happy More Simple Ways to Live Happy

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It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon

In Simple Ways to Live Happy, the way to happiness came with a promise. And the promise is simple: You don’t have to spend your life pursuing happiness because happiness will find you when you realize it’s doing the simple things that matter most.…

simple ways to live happy Simple Ways to Live Happy

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The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama

Once the career aspirations, income goals and travel plans are stripped away, I think what most of us really want is to be happy.

Having meaningful relationships with our children, families and friends; being passionately connected to our partners, living a life aligned with our purposes and having some money left over after paying the bills are the contributing factors to being happy, or not.…

relationship advice 8 Relationship Must-Haves

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Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. – Emily Kimbrough

I’m grateful for second chances.

More than 10 years ago it looked like my life with Mary Beth was going to end up on the wrong side of the half-of-all-marriages statistic.…

buidling love that lasts Building a Love that Lasts: 30 Years of Proof

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To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. – David Viscott

I met Mary Beth 30 years ago today.

Our chance meeting is now a legendary family story: Mary Beth and her cousin were heading to Virginia Beach for a girls-night-out, but missed a turn and ended up at a college bar in Norfolk.…

??????????????? Believing in the Goodness of Love

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Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. – Rumi

Death came to my part of the world this week.

I live in Overland Park, Kansas where a hate crime took the lives of three people and changed my part of the world forever.…

taking a selfie with a friend Love Your Selfie

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What I am is how I came out. No one’s perfect and you just have to accept your flaws and learn to love yourself. – Kelly Brook

I’m a creature of habit. My morning routine is no exception: Let the dogs out -Pour a cup of coffee -Grab my laptop -Turn on the Today show -Check email.…