Author: Mumsgather
•9/07/2006 09:46:00 AM

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility. ~George Levinger

I like the above marriage quote and can identify with it. My husband and I are so different we can hardly be called compatible. We're as different as night and day. He is a morning person, I'm a night owl. He is very organised, I'm terribly disorganised. He loves routine, I'm impulsive. He is meticulous, I am easy going. We like different foods, listen to different music. So opposites really do attract! Although our differences did not become apparent to me immediately when we first met.

To the above quote, I'd like to add that "What counts in making a happy marriage is how you handle your differences, its not about your similiarities." And we do have a lot of differences of opinion in many issues. How we handle those and how we eventually emerge as a couple from handling those differences is really what matters.
Meanwhile, here is another quote which I really would like to practise in my relationship.

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. ~Barnett R. Brickner

How not to lose yourself after becoming a mother and wife Mother, Wife, Myself!
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On 10:14 AM, September 07, 2006 , Kamigoroshi said...

Being in a successful relationship is a matter of knowing who you are and what you want and understanding who your partner is and what they want as well.

At the end of it, there are no perfect people for relationships, there are just perfect relationships between imperfect people.

On 10:53 AM, September 07, 2006 , mumsgather said...

Very well said indeed. Now I've got more quotes to add to my favourite lists. Thanks!

On 2:45 PM, September 12, 2006 , lsy said...

It is not the similarities that bring two persons together. Rather, it is the complement of the differences.
Just a quote from my hubby when I told him to park the car far away so that I can take a walk..."You like to walk but I like to drive. The world will be such a boring place if we have too much similarity."

On 2:25 PM, September 18, 2006 , a&a'smom said...

Ya me too, DH & I SO DIFF just like u DH is very meticulous & organised while I'm not. But after 13 yrs, I've become just like him! LOL!

On 9:48 PM, September 19, 2006 , kat said...

Hi MG. This blog is lovely...full of lovely positive words! Thank you for sharing!

My DH and I are opposites too. But because of our differences, we complement each other beautifully. Eg. he reads instruction manuals, I put the said appliance/toy/gadget together!! He is the brain of the house, I'm the brawn!! LOL

On 12:25 PM, September 20, 2006 , mumsgather said...

Yes, the world would be very boring indeed if everyone were the same. :)

Haha. Yes, I can feel myself going through some metamaphoris too!

I'm glad I like this blog. I'm rather negative by nature so I'm using this blog to practise thinking more positively.

BTW, are you sure you are the brawn? I'm picturing muscles and bulk in my minds eye when you say that. Haha.

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