"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
that word is love." - Sophocles (BC) .

But it isn't always so easy!

Many difficulties in a friendship, including marriage, can be put to the back by the simple act of resignation. Some ideas of one may never suit those of the other, and compromise cannot always be reached. By accepting certain situations or attitudes as permanent, they will somehow become more acceptable. Eventually the conflicting ideas will not be an issue, thanks to resignation, and this leaves more room for mutual contentment and fondness. There are definitely special situations that can never be reconciled. As in all hopeless situations, there is the future to look forward to.

"Two persons who have chosen each other out of all the species with a design to be each other's mutual comfort and entertainment have, in that action, bound themselves to be good-humored, affable, discreet, forgiving, patient, and joyful, with respect to each other's frailties and perfections, to the end of their lives." - Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

A few more thoughts about why it is all worthwhile.

"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family." - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

To make a happy fire-side clime
To weans and wife
That's the true pathos and sublime
Of human life. - Robert Burns (1759-1796)

"If you wished to be loved, love." - Lucius Seneca (3-65)

So love to feel good.

This article is an excerpt from "32 KEYS: A Collection of Ideas About Life" . The book summarizes the most popular basic ideas on the subject of improving the quality of life. It is free to read online. URL: www.32keys.com

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