Last night I saw one of the most touching displays of what it really means to be married. It was in a place where I least expected it, the Basketball Hall of Fame broadcast. Let’s face it, we live in the era of daily relationship scandals by athletes and the train wreck that is known as the Basketball Wives reality show. So, when Oscar Schmidt closed out his acceptance speech by thanking his wife of 38 years… it was refreshing. There was not a dry eye in the room when he finished his speech by saying:
“You are my greatest friend… You are my greatest person I’ve ever met… And, if you were not with me, I wouldn’t be here… I’m sure about it… We are together for 38 years. And I hope to be with you until I die.”
The tears were flowing as I watched it, and I got chills just typing it!
I don’t claim to know anything about their particular marriage. But Oscar so eloquently stated what many married couples already know: that there are tremendous joys in being married. This is why I cringe every time that someone says that marriage is hard work. Not because it’s not true, because marriage is work. But I cringe because the joys of being married far out weigh the work that you put into it. And if you consistently invest your time and effort (i.e work) into making your marriage work, the return on your investment (ROI) is through the roof! I promise you.
Lamar and I just celebrated our 8th year of marriage. And in that time, I have discovered the many joys of being married. Check them out below….