Is your love life full of clutter?

Is your love life full of clutter?

Did you know ... In 2006, 7.6 million Americans joined their lives together in holy matrimony. In that same year, 3.6 million Americans changed their minds. Hmmm. I wonder what happened? Given the statistical likelihood of a marriage actually lasting "till death do us part," I think I may reconsider that verbiage should I ever decide to make a walk back down the aisle.

Is your love life full of clutter?

I am not one to go around quoting scriptures, but I will say this particular quote has always been a favorite of mine ... "Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense. There is nothing love cannot face ...," and it goes on; but that is the part I like best. So, what if we all held our love relationships to that standard? Would we be fools for loving so deeply and forgivingly, or would we live a richer, more fulfilled life?

I, for one, would certainly love to be on the receiving end of the aforementioned standard of love, but receiving means to give and that can be a tough challenge. However, that is exactly what I propose. To live a whole and authentic life, we must include to love and be loved.

Stand back and take a look at your love life just like you would throw open the closet doors and peer in at the clutter inside: Would you ditch those shoes because they hurt your feet? That skirt because it is terribly unflattering? What about that belt that has not fit you in years, but its familiarity is just so dear to you? Or, the beautiful scarf that would truly better serve someone to whom it is more suited?

Now be honest with yourself. Is your relationship with your lover or spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, best friend or parent serving you? Does your love for those in your life and their love for you meet the standard of patient, kind, never envious, boastful, conceited or rude, selfish, offensive ...? What would it be like to clear out that clutter in your love relationships? When you create space for love in your life, you may be surprised to find that it shows up. Just remember to love in the same way you want to be loved and you may find yourself in the group of 3.8 million Americans who remained married last year.

Turn on love ... Life a fit life!

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