A friend of mine recently told me how he met his wife. He had watched her walk by his store every day for a year, with her young son. She also happened to be a friend of his neighbor.
“Fix me up,” he suggested to his neighbor. “We’ll go on a double date. I really want to meet her.” Unfortunately, the neighbor never got around to setting up that first date.
Finally my friend devised a plan. Every day when she walked by the store, they said hello to each other, but she never stopped to chat. This day, he was ready. He had his store keys in hand. “Would it be all right if I walked with you for a while?” he asked when she walked by.
“Don’t you have to mind your store?”
“I’ll lock it up,” he said.
“You don’t have to do that,” she said. “We can sit here and chat.”
That Friday, they had their first date. She was nervous.
The next weekend, they went out again. She was still nervous. He turned to her. “You can relax,” he said. “I’m not going to try anything inappropriate. I just want to enjoy your company.” As time passed, she did relax, and they continued to become friends. Three years later, they were married in a small ceremony. “I didn’t want to overwhelm her son,” my friend recalled.
He wrote his wedding vows. He promised to love her and care for her all of his life. He promised to love her son and protect him, as if he were his own. She lit up his life, he said, and he was grateful for her promise of companionship for the rest of their lives.
My friend is a lucky man, but not just because he found someone he truly loves. He is lucky because he is able to recognize the gift of his wife’s love. Most of us have the ability to see when we have been harmed, hurt, or slighted, when we’re not loved or treated the way we’d like to be. But we can learn to see those acts—big and small—when someone shows us love. They are the greatest gifts of all.
Value: Call it believing we deserve love, lovability, or love-ability, the value for this week is opening our eyes and hearts so we can see and receive love from others— friends, family, romantic involvements, and God.
From the book: 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact
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