According to conventional wisdom,
marital success requires both partners to meet each other half-way and
give fifty percent. But, in my opinion, “50-50 doesn’t work”! The
faulty assumption is that two halves always make a whole.
Therefore, if half of one person
combines with half of another person, the best that can ever be expected
in the sum total is two half-people who only make one half of a
marriage! However, if each partner meets the other partner all the way
and gives one hundred percent of what they’ve got to give at any given
moment, then, the outcome will be spectacular, at worst!
Consider the implication: Partner #1
makes a unilateral commitment to the relationship with Partner #2, and
acts accordingly and consistently, to give 100% of what he’s got, at any
given moment, each moment, every moment. Partner #2 makes a unilateral
commitment to the relationship with Partner #1, and acts accordingly and
consistently, to give 100% of what she’s got, at any given moment, each
moment, every moment.
There are no invisible strings
attached. There are no hidden agendas. There are no outs. There is no
Two individuals, like early American
colonies, in order to form a more perfect union, voluntarily agreeing to
come together, “one nation, under God, indivisible, with justice and
liberty for all”.
In this scenario, marriage is viewed
as a “whole”, which is necessarily greater than the sum of its parts.
To give one hundred percent of what you’ve got, each moment, every
moment, is really the very best anyone can ever expect to do. If all
you’ve got is 3% and you give 100% of that 3%, you can’t do any better
than that. If what you’ve got is 100% and you only give 3% of that
100%, clearly there is enormous room for improvement.
Then again, if you’ve got 100% and
you only give 50% and your partner’s got 100% and they only give 50%,
the relationship is a loser. It cannot prosper. It cannot endure. It
“50-50 doesn’t work!”
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