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Promises For Better or For Worse

Updated on July 16, 2014

Are You Sure About Those Vows?

The vows say for better or for worse

Do you really know what that means?

When love is young you feel you are unstoppable and if you are young you feel like forever is a long ways off.

Little by little the days slip by, then the years and pretty soon it is decades.

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Smiling elderly couple
Smiling elderly couple

Where Has All That Time Gone?

Those memories of what once was

You look across the table from this person you have been with more than half your life and realize how time has crept up on you both.

You have to drag out old pictures to remember what once was and how you both looked in your youth.

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Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage
Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage

The first half of the book discusses the husband's part in building a successful relationship. The second half of the book shows how wives can nurture their marriages. Good marriages require both husband and wife working together to understand, appreciate, and honor one another. This book shows you how to do just that.

Elderly couple with remote for TV
Elderly couple with remote for TV

And So Life Changes

Never thought I would get this old!

How you both used to like to go out at night and have a great time.

How you couldn't understand why older couples didn't like to go out much at night.

You swore you would never be that old or a stick in the mud, but alas old age does come knocking at your door.

Now you are quite happy to stay home and watch a little TV at night and retire to bed by 10 pm.

If there is something special on you just might muster up enough energy to stay awake until 11 pm.

You also couldn't understand why the old folks couldn't stay in bed until 10 am on the weekends.

Well that is life and so does growing old together.

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Getting around with a walker
Getting around with a walker

The Ultimate Test of a Relationship

The test of growing old together

For better for worse and then there was richer or poorer, been through both of those and neither one was great (the bold words). Next comes in sickness and in health.

That is probably the toughest of them all. It is easy to be there when someone is healthy but when they are not it is the truest test for the caregiver.

I seen my father try to take care of my mother and it took its toll on him. He tried his best and it broke his heart when he finally realized he was incapable of taking care of her and let us admit her into the hospital for the last month of her life.

It would all be so much easier if we would be healthy and just not wake up one day, so as not to burden the one that is left.

But no matter what there will always be a guilty ride at the end with questions, "could have I done more" or "did I let my other half down" or "surely I missed the warning signs" or "I should have insisted they go to the doctor sooner".

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Heart on sand
Heart on sand

The Final Truth

The reality of life

But the true facts of life, we are born and we die.

None of this will ever change.

But how you spend your life with someone matters most.

Being in a good relationship means the first person will have

someone to hold on to at the end of life.

That is what true commitment represents.

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Help For Older People - Exercise is always important and help is what you might need

The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife & Older Beginners
The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife & Older Beginners

Many seniors are searching for ways to improve their quality of life and remain active as they enter midlife and later years. Nationwide, people are recognizing yoga for its ability to slow down and reverse the aging process. A complete health system, yoga not only restores vitality to the body, but also expands the mind and soul. Yoga transforms the years after 50 from a time of deterioration to one of increased perspective and illumination.


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