By special guest blogger, Dave Swinton
This week my wife quietly celebrated a major milestone in her life. Twenty-five years working for the same company. Quietly and effectively without fanfare. Laurie and I celebrated our 25th anniversary two years ago and by my reckoning have known each other since we were 15. That’s almost 40 years since we first met in Grade 10 music class. I knew even then that she was the one for me (too bad she didn’t).
My parents would have been married 60 years if my mother hadn’t passed away six months before their anniversary.
What makes these milestones even more amazing is our current cultures’ desire to change their iPhones every year and jobs 8-10 times during their careers.
Why do people stay committed to their jobs and to each other for so long? It is much more than that old Roots sweater in your closet that you refuse to throw out because it fits your curves just right. Although there is a certain comfort level in the same job and the same partner, you have to be open to embrace their strengths while supporting and accepting their weaknesses. You will even find yourself finishing their sentences and rolling your eyes when they do things the same way they did so long ago.
For some, relationships are meant to be long and treasured, whether it be at work or at home.
Thank God I have a partner who even to this day I cannot bear to live without.
This week’s Happy Act is to embrace and celebrate longevity.