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Don’t let the weeds crowd the flowers

December 8, 2015
Here’s a life changing idea…
In their program, The Marriage Garden, H. Wallace Goddard and James P. Marshall say, “Weeds and bugs are a natural part of every garden. With proper care, the garden can still flourish. Likewise, occasional disagreements and conflicts are a natural and normal part of all marriages.”
In other words…         
If you’ve been married longer than 5 minutes, you know that daily irritations and periodic battles are normal. Happily married couples aren’t smarter, richer, or better than other couples. They are simply willing to keep their negative thoughts and feelings about one another from overwhelming their positive ones. In other words, they don’t get so obsessed with the weeds and bugs in their marriage gardens that they forget the flowers.
Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
You will get irritated with your partner. That’s normal. While you could collect and dwell on your irritations, it is better to set them aside. Next time irritations start to gather in your mind, make a conscious decision to turn your focus to the positives in your relationship.
To find out more…
Visit our website to find out more information from The Marriage Garden. Like us at www.facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It.

Ashley Terry and Ashley Henderson
navigatinglife@uaex.edu

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