Happily Ever After

“Happily Ever After” is the conclusion to a fairy tale or a romantic comedy.  People encounter serious problems if they feel that life is supposed to be like what they read in a book, or watch on television.

Real life has its share of up and downs.  There is a reason that traditional marriage vows included the phrasing “For better, for worse; for richer for poorer; in sickness and in health; for as long as we both shall live. (In premarital counseling, I like to add “and no fair killing each other”!)

It is not just in marriage, life itself has a cyclical nature.  Our lives run the gamut of experiences: of success and failure, of excitement and mundane, of blessings and trials, and so on.

Perhaps we watch too much television, or read too much fiction.  Real life is a wonderful thing, but it is not a fairy tale.


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4 Responses to “Happily Ever After”

  1. Suzanne Says:

    Indeed, there is much pain that could be avoided by expectations being based in reality and not fantasy.

  2. Travis Gluesing Says:

    I like the point you put out that “real life is great but not a fairy tale ” that is so true and I think I always try to make it a fairy tale when really I should just take what God throughs at me

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