Valentine’s Day: Spare More Than A Thought for Those Less Fortunate

I had a whole write-up planned about Valentine’s Day, and the importance of focusing on self-love, as well as other types of non-romantic love.  Then I received this video from a friend this morning.  It is about acts of kindness that cannot be reciprocated, at least not at the time they are given.

I am not affiliated with Microsoft, except as a customer using their Windows and Office products, and a couple of friends who work there.  I am however strongly affiliated with anyone or any group that thinks beyond themselves and reaches out to those who cannot give them anything in return.  It is not always about money; sometimes time invested is even more important.

As we go about celebrating today, spare a genuine thought for those less fortunate, and ask yourself whether you are truly doing all that you can do for those in your immediate vicinity, no matter how small it may seem.

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Relationship with Spouse: We Are Wired Differently

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

I am sure we have all been in situations with our significant others where, five minutes into an argument, we struggle to identify the source of our disagreement!  I read the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” some years back, and it was a major eye-opener to learn that the brains of men and women are wired fundamentally differently, and these differences in wiring translate into differences in the way we think, the way we listen, the way we speak, the way we analyse, and the way we respond.

I came across this video on The Read String: a 14-minute snippet in which Mark Gungor describes, in a humorous and very-easy-to-understand delivery, how indeed the male and female brains are wired and the differences therein.  It is a must-watch for every one who is – or intends to be – in a lifetime marital relationship with a member of the opposite gender.

In fact, I would highly recommend the full 73-minute video, taken at one of Mark Gungor’s Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage seminars, for more tips on how husbands and wives can communicate more effectively and minimise using up precious emotional energy quarreling over issues of the brain that have been mistaken for issues of the heart :-).

So, having watched this video(s), have any light bulbs gone off about previous interactions with your spouse?  Do you think it will help improve your relationship with your spouse going forward?