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Stick to the Plan, But Be Like Water

This post was inspired by Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey. In Boston, five men were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel below the ocean to do a nearly impossible job that would help clean the once dirtiest harbor in America. Join From Left to Write on February 19th as we discuss Trapped Under the Sea As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

In life we make plans, grand, beautiful and wonderful plans. Sometimes our plans  knock the socks of those who hear our plans or who watch us as we are carrying out those plans. Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong, our plans get messed up and we are left lost and wondering what to do. This book reminded me of marriage and the ups and downs of married life. When my husband and I decided to marry about 25 years ago, I told him what I wanted.
Janeane:     We are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after.
Darren:        What if we don’t?
Janeane:     There is no what if, we are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after. That is it.
Over the course of our married life, we have had ups and downs. The church girl in me, says that we have had peaks and valley experiences. We married when I was 23 (for one whole month) and he was 28 (for one whole day). We built a life together. We purchased a home, graduated from college, law school and grad school. We had children, and saw one of those children go from kindergarten to her freshman year at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. We had grand plans and looking from the beginning of the marriage to this very day, by all measures, we have succeeded.

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Janeane Davis

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  • I love this description of marriage. My husband and I were not married young but our marriage is young. I often wonder what life has in store for us. We have been through many changes together, but nothing too challenging. I'm happy to keep it that way!

  • We just celebrated our fourth anniversary. I totally can relate to this post. We make it work by being flexible!

  • This is such a wonderful post. I can literally count on one hand the number of couples I know who are still together with multiple children under age five... so sad.

  • wow! Literally wow. This post resonated with me

  • I used to have a back up plan, but I realized I kind of liked my guy! I recently read an article about how some marriages are dead at times. Like waves, we sometimes have to ride it out.

  • I think too many people get married while keeping a back up exit plan. My hubs and I are in this for the long haul good and bad.

  • There are many lows and highs. It is work.

  • Marriage is definitely full of peaks and valleys. I like your plan!

  • Sounds like a motivational read! Marriage certainly does take a lot of hard work! You've got this!

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