Prior to getting married, Julie and I attended a session of pre-marital counseling. I am ashamed to say neither of us remembers much from that time. I think there was the “which animal do you see the other as” type of question. Julie saw me as a dog – loyal, best friend and happy and I seem to remember seeing her as a cat – quiet, cuddly and having a mind of her own. Although we don’t recall as much as we would like from that session, we did learn some key words and phrases that stuck.
The keys to a Successful Relationship, Marriage or Friendship lay in 5 words or phrases. Julie and I do remember them today like we heard them yesterday. We have taken time to practice this throughout our marriage. These principles are