Sunday, March 22, 2009

Marriage in a Nutshell

There's nothing more annoying to most people than simplifying a giant convoluted relationship down to a sentence. I think that's why most people grew so tired of Dr. Phil. I never grew tired of Dr. Phil, I still quote him occasionally. His show got boring, but c'mon! - "You teach people how to treat you?" That's GOLDEN. But this has nothing to do with Dr. Phil.
I mentioned a few posts back that I've been going through a big introspective phase. Or maybe I didn't. I drink a lot of beer. But I was thinking about my two "failed" marriages. I put that in quotation marks because although divorces are considered failed marriages by default, I wouldn't change a thing. And what I came up with is My Theory About Failed Marriages. It is this:

  • People waste their time trying to adjust their mate when they should be trying to adjust to their mate.

So that's it, in a nutshell. I think Dr. Phil would be proud of me. Except for the beer. He hates that.


raino said...

phil and i are both proud of you! this is really good advice that maybe i'll even use one day... lol
it's so damn hard though.

Scarlet said...

I should have you talk to my friend next time they call for relationship advice. :)

You're good.

Jazz said...

I'm thinking you should take over his show. I'd watch you.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Well, Phil would be proud of the observation and I would join you to knock back a few brews anytime.

Mr. Jazz said...

I'd watch too...while drinking a cold one.

raino said...

i'm with mr. jazz!

geewits said...

~~Well, obviously some people are just too hard to adjust to. I guess you really have to love them and want to make it work.

~~My friends call me for advice and I always amaze myself with the stuff I come up with on the spot like that. Maybe I should ask myself for advice.

~~Would I have to get up and get dressed every day? That wouldn't work for me.

~~Well next time you are in north Texas, we'll do that!

Mr. Jazz,
~~Well of course. But then I even drink beer in the shower.

~~Sounds like a beer party.

Jammie J. said...

I like boiling things down to one sentence. I like your sentence about marriage in a nutshell.

My marriage in a nutshell is:
"Marry someone with whom your quirks are compatible."


Carole said...

Personally, I am crazy about Dr. Phil! Although I agree with you, I don't watch him as much anymore, probably because his show is a little predictable. I quote him sometimes too..."bored people are boring" and "how's that working for you?".

Also, I'm picturing a little miniature mouse family living in that nutshell now. I think you have a great idea for a children's book with a good moral about happy marriages, and a little mouse family in a nutshell.

geewits said...

~~I think both lines are similar really, don't you? By your method it's would certainly be easier to adjust TO someone, eh?

~~No children's book for me. I'm busy with my screenplay.

Big Brother said...

That pretty much says a nutshell. I'llhave to remember it.

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