“Teens Only, NO Adults Allowed” –sign posted to a section of the Holland America cruise ship. This area had the best view and best lounge area. Peace and quiet was reserved for teenagers who weren’t even there. It was our honeymoon; privacy was a necessity from the noise of families traveling over the holidays.
I was ready to yield to the sign that obligated us to find another relaxation area. A book title popped into my head by Marcus Buckingham, First, Break All the Rules: (What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently).
The delicate first days are important in the beginning of marriage. A part of me was still suspicious that there would be fine print in the matrimonial contract and I would soon be informed of the unspoken expectations that would silently restrict my freedom.
I was reminded that just because other marriages follow certain posted signs, doesn’t mean that we have to yield to the same rules.
I think there needs to be a book titled, “First, Break all the Rules: What the world’s greatest MARRIAGES do differently.” When a marriage contract is defined only by the two people in it, peace and quiet are invited into moments of wedded bliss on a hammock.
Reflect & Share: What marriage rules did YOU break? What NEW rules did you make for your marriage that have worked?