“A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.” — Paul Sweeney
This month, Jeff and I celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. Without question the past year has been the most difficult and challenging time we have ever faced together, but the “together” part made it easier to bear.
Jeff and I both like Sweeney’s quote, and feel it’s an apt description of marriage. However, we cannot define what the “varied order” of these traits has been for us during the past year. We have needed an abundance of all five, and not just for each other, but also for the many people who have been part of our lives before and after Jeff’s diagnosis. As we continue to pray for many more years together, we will rely on each of these qualities to navigate the uncertain road that lies ahead of us.
The past year has taught us the true meaning of the vows we took 33 years ago “for better or worse.” We are thankful that the worse is made better when endured with determination to live out the qualities Sweeney mentions.
June has long been a popular time for weddings, so perhaps many readers of this blog will be celebrating an anniversary this month. If so, congratulations! May you be blessed with many more happy milestones. But keep in mind that the qualities Sweeney lists are helpful for everyone, in all types of situations, not just in marriage. Love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity — in varying order of importance, depending on the circumstances — are a good foundation for any life. I wish you the best of each!