There are reminders everywhere. Television, radio, emails and pop-up ads. Are we adequately preparing for our future? I propose a different question. Are we adequately living for today? Are we pouring the fun into our marriages that will sustain the relationship during those empty nesting, job is a thing of the past days? Guess what? We can keep saving for retirement because this kind of fun is free. Today, Madeline is talking about glue. The glue that keeps the marital relationship alive and well.
If you’re raising littles, you’re tired. If you’re raising teenagers, you fondly remember the simplicity of the “littles” days. This isn’t about whether or not you are exhausted, because I know that you are. I know this because, I’m exhausted too. It’s life. Life is draining, but every day that we choose to put our spouse’s needs toward the end of the to-do list, the life drains out of the marriage and when the children are gone and the careers are over, who and what will we be left with? Will it be a malnourished spouse and marriage, or shall we choose to invest in this relationship and reap the rewards now and later? Here are a few of my free investment tips.
>Wife, put your freshly showered body between clean sheets and wait for your husband to return home from work? Yes, during daylight.
>Husband, tell her how beautiful she is to you and make love to every inch of her body? Yes, not merely the “main parts”.
>Hold hands while you drive to your appointments together.
>Wife, climb onto his lap and let him undress you while you passionately kiss him.
>Husband, walk her to the couch after dinner, place a glass of wine in her hand and immediately return to the kitchen to clean up.
>Wife, greet him at the door, grab him by the belt and tell him about the things that you want to do with him later.
>Husband, envelop her into your arms and just hold her without the expectation of things going further.
>Wife, behave a little naughty for him. He might enjoy watching you enjoy that ice-cream cone.
>Husband, choose to look at her soul and point out the beauty that exists deep inside. She might need to hear about why you think she’s so special.
>Take care of yourself for your spouse.
>Look nice for your spouse.
>Enjoy the person that you are married to. Make a choice to like them, warts and all.
Empty nest divorce, also called gray divorce, is too common and it hurts everyone involved – even the grown children. Couples lose closeness while life marches on around them. Waiting until the children are gone and life slows down to begin investing in each other, doesn’t work. In order to reach these years with a successful marriage intact, you’ll need to invest along the way. Marital romance is the glue that bonds and protects the relationship, so make glue and bond and have some fun along the way. You’ll never have to wonder – will we have enough to get us through to the end?