In fairy tales (and many books and movies), we spend most of the story learning how our happy couple meets and falls in love. We learn about the challenges they must overcome in their quest to be together. Suspense builds to a fever pitch as the forces of evil do everything in their power to keep this couple from fulfilling their destiny…togetherness forever. If the story has a happy ending (and most do), they live happily ever after. The End.
Real life is all about the happily ever after part. It’s about what happens after the couple rides off into the sunset in their horse-drawn chariot, or charcoal grey Honda Civic. Happily ever after requires curiosity and a spirit of adventure. It’s nurtured by a willingness to work and grow together. It requires the triumphs of success and the lessons of failure. It requires faith, hope, and most of all, happiness.
Happiness doesn’t come from anywhere but within. Couples (hopefully) learn quickly that their happiness (both individually, and as a couple) is driven by their thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
Our pathways alone bring neither happiness, nor sadness. We bring these ourselves, wherever we go.
As my wife and I celebrate 25 years of Happily Ever After today, I am eternally grateful for the happiness she brings to our journey every day.