Feb 23

Are we fair weather friends?

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Matthew Royston
Honest, candid and straightforward ideas for living a fulfilling life and reaching our potential. Hiya. I'm Matthew Royston, the husband of one, father of four, and The Bold Brit [honest, candid, Inspiring]. I grew up in Bristol, England but currently enjoy living in Utah, United States. I want to live a fulfilling life, reach my potential, and help others do the same. I have concluded that progress in our personal development, robust personal relationships, deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and having a healthy body and mind are the core components of a fulfilling life. The rest of life is often insignificant, or unimportant.
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I am a fair weather walker. I enjoy walking, a lot, but only when the weather isn’t too hot, cold, wet, or windy. Pretty much, I like and prefer walking in nice, mild weather.

I think it’s okay to be a fair weather walker, because walking really isn’t that important in the grand scheme of life.

When people get married, we often hear them say something like; “today I married my best friend”

And such a statement may indeed be true. When the ship of love sets sail, often it’s on calm seas and sunny skies, and it’s easy under such conditions to be your spouses best friend.

But as almost all of us know who have been married any length of time, it won’t always be clear skies and calm seas.

Storms periodically will roll in, bringing crashing waves of stress, mental illness, and physical fatigue. Whipping winds of anxiety, fear and self-doubt can howl around us.

These storms of life are an inevitable part of life, love and learning.

When the storms roll in for our spouse are we there willing to grab the oars, man the rigging, and bail out water to prevent them from sinking?

Are we willing to stay aboard for the duration of the storm, however long that storm may last, trusting that every storm, however fierce, eventually ends?

Or does our spouse turn for a friend and find us dispatching the life boat and escaping for calmer seas?

Perhaps the only thing worse than experiencing the natural and inevitable storms of life is experiencing them completely, and utterly alone because your best friend turned out to be a fair weather companion.

Staying doesn’t require perfection. Even the best and most loyal friend won’t have the ability, words, or strength to dissipate the storm.

But that’s okay, because often we just need a firm hand to hold ours as we walk through the pouring rains and blustering winds of life.

We don’t need to be an expert to hold, hug and help.

If we currently find ourselves rowing away toward calmer weather, remember that we always have the choice to turn around, row back, and stay with our best friend for the duration of the storm.

Calmer seas, and brighter days are ahead for all of us and every couple.

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