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KJ Steele: The One Hundred Percent Fallacy

You hear it all the time. Marriage is a fifty-fifty proposition. You have to give your one hundred percent. The math in this statement sounds good. But, as a successful relationship philosophy, it’s bound to fail. You might ask why I think that. Putting one hundred percent into a relationship would seem to ensure success, not failure. However, in my experience – and I’ve been married since the Middle Ages – a successful marriage cannot adequately negotiate the roadways of life using this type of mathematical equation as its base. For one thing, Life’s Path has a few potholes, wash-outs, and rickety bridges to navigate. Sometimes the road ahead will disappear in the fog for one or both partne

Emily Sue Harvey: Spouses Working Together - Making it Work

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford At one period of the Harveys’ life, circumstances forced us to do a bona-fide “starting over,” including a career change. On this new frontier, on-the-job clashes took the romance out of our relationship until talk of divorce scared us into separating business from pleasure. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Lee and I decided to open our own hair-styling salon, allowing us more time together, plus permitting me space to write in my spare time. “It won’t work,” warned naysayers. We laughed. Don’t rain on our parade! Yet, we’d barely begun to set up the salon when tussles over details aros

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