Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After

Face-to-face conversations don’t work by phone. • Good intentions are only a beginning. • Loving someone means putting their interests before your own. • When you dress for the day, don’t forget to wear your smile. • Gifts are not a substitute for caring. • It’s the moments in life, not the days, that we remember. • The more time you think about their needs, the less time you’ll think about your own. • Never stop courting your spouse. • Talk things out (except when you’re talking to yourself). • Don’t expect people to look up to you if you look down on them. • Raised voices are rarely heard. • A promise should be as binding as a contract. • See their side of the argument before expecting them to see yours. • Bring out the best in them. • A conversation shouldn’t be a monologue. • Learn how to disagree without being disagreeable. • Accept people for who they are…not who you’d like them to be. • Some people say more through their silence. • Words spoken in confidence are words spoken in trust. • Marrying for money is a high price to pay. • No good deed is ever too small to say thanks. • Don’t keep score in the game of life. • The only thing worse than talking about others is talking about yourself. • Those who only find fault in other people rarely find fault in themselves. • Watch each other’s back. • Play nice and share your toys. • When everyone tries to gain the upper hand, we all lose — hands down. • The greatest time-savers are saying “I don’t know” and “I was wrong.” • Always tell the truth or the truth will tell on you. • Everyone wins when you agree to disagree. • It’s better to bite your tongue than to eat your words. • Relax. Just relax. • “Biting the hand that feeds you” is hard to digest. • Trust takes a long time to develop, but can be destroyed in seconds. • Compliment people in public; criticize them in private. • If you take things for granted, you won’t have them for very long. • Tough times reveal true friends. • Don’t offer advice to those who don’t want it. • Criticism is a hostile substitute for feedback. • Togetherness sometimes means giving someone their space. • Yield the right-of-way in your marriage. • Be present when you’re together. • Clean up after you make a mess. • Celebrate your short-term wins in the marathon of life. • The office is the only place for a boss. • A yawn is worth a thousand words. • Make big decisions together. • Live a little and laugh a lot. • An ounce of love outweighs a pound of promises. • Relationships are built on the little things.

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Comments

  1. Marc says

    Frank -
    Reading your thoughts always lifts my heart, no matter what my mood, demeanor or present state. Thank you always for thinking and writing. Thank you tenfold for always sharing as well. Likewise, I find this very worthy of spreading and sharing.

  2. Amy says

    When written words draw emotional tears, one knows they are meaningful, thoughtful and superbly communicated. Thank you for sharing this and stirring some feelings that deserve to be top-of-mind always.

  3. Leesa says

    Inspirational and sincere… makes me reflect on how to capitalize on each moment in life and remember who matters most to me.

  4. Frank Sonnenberg says

    Steve / Kimberly / Marc / Amy / Laurie / Leesa I appreciate your kind words more than you could know. We’re working on a new piece that’ll be posted at the end of the month. It’s on a more serious topic called “Ethics as Usual” Have a great day! Frank

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