Every once in a while, it just feels like the right thing to say, right?
As some may recall, over the last couple of months I’ve made a bit of a routine of visiting this Vietnamese Buddhist Temple a few miles from home. Every Sunday, after the service, the group sits down together for a lunch, and last Sunday, my wife joined me for that lunch.
This may seem like a small thing, but I feel like it offers some sort of legitimacy to the spiritual path I’ve adopted. She could be stubborn; refuse to talk about religion or spirituality at all with me and leave me to do it entirely on my own, but she instead chose the route of tolerance, respect, and appreciation.
She didn’t obstinately make me feel like an alien because of our differences; she chose to embrace our similarities and promote the positive aspects that are truly the foundation that keeps our marriage, and family, healthy.
I cannot express how much I appreciate this small gesture on her part. Thank you for being there for me. I am truly blessed to have so understanding a partner.
To all of my friends: May you all have the good fortune to associate with wise people who try to understand and work with you, even after accounting for your differences. Be well.