I had a wonderful thing happen this weekend. While listening to a person I don't know that well personally for 20 minutes, I found myself both laughing and thinking on his words quite hard. It was really a lot of fun, both for the body and the mind. While he mentionned a number of great lines, here are two that stayed with me.
Gratitude leads to joy.
Kate and I speak a lot about gratitude and happiness vs. pleasure. We listen to Dennis Prager a good bit who speaks often on happiness and written a book on the subject. He often says that gratitude is the greatest predictor a good person. Those who seek happiness rather than pleasure are more likely to show gratitude. Those who are sincere in their expressions gratitude are more likely to find joy.
Revivals begin when a group of people take joy in right action.
The American marriage needs a shot in the arm. Too many of us go through the motions without speaking, listening, loving. Instead of focusing on our marriage, we focus on what we are about to consume be it tv, youtube, gossip or some other opiate. When talking about the people who founded our country, Calvin Coolidge said this:
While there were always among them men of deep learning, and later those who had comparatively large possessions, the mind of the people was not so much engrossed in how much they knew, or how much they had, as in how they were going to live.
We need to be more like those people of 300 years ago. We need a revival. We need to be engrossed in the joy of marriage, the work that it requires, and the gratitude which we feel towards one another whilst in it.
Come on, y'all. Let's get after it, one marriage at a time.