Perfectly…

There is a saying that a perfect match can only be found between a
Blind wife and a deaf husband, because the blind wife cannot see the
Faults of the husband and the deaf husband cannot hear the nagging of the wife.

Many couples are blind and deaf at the courting stage and dream of
Perpetually perfect relationship. Unfortunately, when the excitement of love wears off, they wake up and discover that marriage is not a bed of roses.

The nightmare begins.

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NO POINTING FINGERS

A man asked his father-in-law, “Many people praised you for a
Successful marriage. Could you please share with me your secret?”
The father-in-law answered in a smile, “Never criticize your wife
For her shortcomings or when she does something wrong. Always bear in mind that because of her shortcomings and weaknesses, she could not find a better husband than you.”

We all look forward to being loved and respected.

Many people are afraid of losing face. Generally, when a person
Makes a mistake, he would look around to find a scapegoat to point the
Finger at.

This is the start of a war. We should always remember that when we point one finger at a person, the other four fingers are pointing at ourselves.

If we forgive others, others will ignore our mistake too.

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NO OVERPOWERING

Many relationships fail because one party tries to overpower
Another, or demands too much. People in love tend to think that love will conquer all and their spouses will change the bad habits after marriage.

Actually, this is not the case. There is a Chinese saying which carries the meaning that “It is easier to reshape a mountain or a river than a person’s character.”

It is not easy to change. Thus, having high expectation on changing the spouses’ character will cause disappointment and unpleasantness. It would be less painful to change ourselves and lower our expectations.

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RIGHT SPEECH

There is a Chinese saying which carries the meaning that “A speech
Will either prosper or ruin a nation.” Many relationships break off
because of wrong speech.

When a couple is too close with each other, we always forget mutual
respect and courtesy. We may say anything without considering if it would hurt the other party.

A friend and her millionaire husband visited their construction
site. A worker who wore a helmet saw her and shouted, “Hi, Emily! Remember me? We used to date in the secondary school.”

On the way home, her millionaire husband teased her, “Luckily you
married me. Otherwise you will be the wife of a construction worker.”

She answered, “You should appreciate that you married me. Otherwise,
he will be the millionaire and not you.”

Frequently exchanging these remarks plants the seed for a bad relationship.

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TRUST

Trust is a very important factor for all relationships. When trust
is broken, it is the end of the relationship. Lack of trust leads to
suspicion, suspicion generates anger, anger causes enmity and enmity may result in separation.

A telephone operator told me that one day she received a phone call.
She answered, “Public Utilities Board.” There was silence. She repeated, “PUB.”
There was still no answer.

When she was going to cut off the line, she heard a lady’s voice,
“Oh, so this is PUB. Sorry, I got the number from my husband’s pocket but I do not know whose number it is.”

Without mutual trust, just imagine what will happen to the couple if
the telephone operator answered with just “hello” instead of “PUB”.

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PERSONAL PERCEPTION

Different people have different perception. One man’s meat could be
another man’s poison.

A couple bought a donkey from the market. On the way home, a boy
commented, “Very stupid. Why neither of them ride on the donkey?” Upon hearing that, the husband let the wife ride on the donkey. He walked besides them.

Later, an old man saw it and commented, “The husband is the head of
a family. How can the wife ride on the donkey while the husband is on
foot?” Hearing this, the wife quickly got down and let the husband ride on the donkey.

Further on the way home, they met an old lady. She commented, “How
can the man ride on the donkey but let the wife walk. He is no gentleman.” The husband thus quickly asked the wife to join him on the donkey. Then, they met a young man. He commented, “Poor donkey, how can you hold up the weight of two persons. They are cruel to you.” Hearing that, the husband and wife immediately climbed down from the donkey and carried it on their shoulders. It seems to be the only choice left.

Later, on a narrow bridge, the donkey was frightened and struggled.
They lost their balance and fell into the river.

“You can never have everyone praise you nor will everyone condemn
you. Never in the past, not at present, and never will be in the future. Thus, do not be too bothered by others words if our conscience is clear.”

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