"We will have conflicts. Conflicts are not a sign that you have married the wrong person. They simply affirm that you are human. What we fail to recognize is that our spouse has the same opinion of their ideas. Their logic will not agree with your logic, and their emotions will not mirror your own".
"Talking without listening leads to arguments".
"Compromise in a marriage is not only positive but it is necessary. Compromise means to find a meeting place. It requires each of you to be willing to give up something in order to have harmony in the marriage. IF, on the other hand, we both insist on having our way, then we are back in the argument mode. In marraige it is never "having it my way." Rather it's discovering "our" way".
"Meeting in the middle involves finding a meeting palce in the middle of your original ideas that both of you agree is workable".
If you are the one to compromise "you are choosing to do what they desire as an act of love because you care about them and you see how important it is to them".
"I found out that the woman whom I married had ideas, some of which I considered to be stupid. And I told her so. My words were harsh and lead to a downward spiral".
"There are no healthy marriages without apology and forgiveness".
"It's not necessary to be perfect in order to have a good marriage. But it is necessary to apologize when you do things that hurt each other".
"Who is going to clean the toilet?? Who does what? Even this simplest question of who cleans what is important to discuss. Confusion over roles is one of the most stressful aspects of contemporary marriages".
"I wish someone had told me all this stuff before I got married! Our first years of marriage would have been much easier. Since we did not discuss these issues, our marriage was filled with conflicts, misunderstandings, and frustration. I know the feeling of being married and thinking, "I've married the wrong woman." I reasoned that surely if I married the "right one," it would not be this difficult. Yes, we eventually found answers to our frustrations and resolution to our conflicts. We learned how to listen to each other empathetically and understand feelings and desires and to reach workable solutions".
Some resources that were provided in the book:
www.5lovelanguages.com (quizzes on what is your type of love communication, my husband thought it was silly, but the results are actually pretty right on)
www.smartmarriageright.com (resources for marriage building skills)
So do you have any thoughts on this matter???
Any words of wisdom, experiences, or do you find any of this helpful???