Need a wedding gift? Why not elder wisdom?
I’ve heard about many creative uses of my book 30 Lessons for Living. But this has to be the best one so far!
I received the following message from Shannon, of Washington State:
I loved the concept for The Legacy Project! I wish someone had gathered advice in such a meaningful way when I was younger.
When I first heard of the project, I thought: How could I introduce it to my step-son? A short time later he announced his engagement and a great idea came to me.
I purchased the book and will present it to him and his finance tomorrow night at their rehearsal dinner. During the dinner I am inviting people to add their own words of wisdom by sharing those on the blank pages of your book! Not only will the bride and groom have very personal wisdom but also that collected during your research! My hope is that they refer to it often.
I was thrilled (okay, maybe even a little choked up). So I asked Shannon if Adam and Lisa – the happy couple – would be willing to let me blog about it. They did me one better, and sent me some of the wisdom that the guests contributed!
Here’s what some of Adam and Lisa’s well-wishers – grandmas and grandpas, uncles and aunts, friends – advised them about marriage:
“Commitment, compromise, and communication will get you through the hurdles every couple will face throughout their lives together”
“Adam, buy Lisa flowers every now and then for no reason!”
“Look forward to a lifetime of happiness… Some times will be tougher than others, but the love that you share will overcome it all. Adam: listen to Lisa and love her. Lisa: love Adam with all your heart.”
“One very important advice: communication is key.” “Always take a deep breath and remember the first time you kissed!”
“Sense of humor!”
“In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths! Live a little, give a little, forgive a lot and laugh a lot”
“You can just tell by the way you two look at each other that this is meant to be! Your marriage will be full of happiness and you guys won’t ever lose that special connection.”
“Pick your battles! Always remember that a good relationship takes work, including lots of love, compromise, giving, trust and more love.”
“When naming children, make sure it’s one you can yell clearly out the back door!”
“Know that you can’t always be right and know that being wrong happens more often than you realize; know forgiveness truly and deeply and you will be able to overcome anything.”
So here’s to Adam and Lisa, and to the day when you may pass along your own wisdom about marriage to your next generation!