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Article Time Stamp: 17 April 2004, 20:53:56 GMT+7
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A man and his girlfriend were married. It was a large celebration.
All of their friends and family came to see the lovely ceremony and
to partake of the festivities and celebrations. A wonderful time
was had by all. The bride was gorgeous in her white wedding gown
and the groom was very dashing in his black tuxedo. Everyone could
tell that the love they had for each other was true.

A few monthslater, the wife comes to the husband with a proposal:
"I read in a magazine,a while ago, about how we can strengthen our
marriage." she offered. "Each of us will write a list of the things
that we find a bit annoying with the other person. Then, we can talk
about how we can fix themtogether and make our lives happier together."

The husband agreed. So each of them went to a separate room in the house
and thought of the things that annoyed them about the other. They thought
about this question for the rest of the day and wrote down what they came
up with. The next morning, at the breakfast table, they decided that they
would go over their lists.

"I'll start,"offered the wife. She took out her list. It had many items on
it. Enough to fill 3 pages, in fact. As she started reading the list of the
little annoyances, she noticed that tears were starting to appear in her
husband's eyes.

"What's wrong?" she asked.
"Nothing" the husband replied,"keep reading your list."

The wife continued to read until she had read all three pages to her husband.
She neatly placed herlist on the table and folded her hands over top of it.

"Now, you read your list and then we'll talk about the things on both of our
lists." She said happily.

Quietly the husband stated, "I don't have anything on my list. I think that
you are perfect the way that you are. I don't want you to change anything
for me. You are lovely and wonderful and I wouldn't want to try and change
anything about you."

The wife, touched by his honesty and the depth of his love for her and his
acceptance of her, turned her head and wept.

In life, there are enough times when we are disappointed, depressed and annoyed.
We don't really have to go looking for them. We have a wonderful world that is
full of beauty, light and promise. Why waste time in this world looking for
the bad, disappointing or annoying when we can look around us, and see the
wondrous things before us? I believe that we are happiest when we see and
praise the good and try our best to forget the bad.

Author: Trevor Klein



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Seorang pria dan kekasihnya menikah dan acaranya pernikahannya sungguh
megah. Semua kawan-kawan dan keluarga mereka hadir menyaksikan dan
menikmati hari yang berbahagia tersebut. Suatu acara yang luar biasa
mengesankan.

Mempelai wanita begitu anggun dalam gaun putihnya dan pengantin pria
dalam tuxedo hitam yang gagah. Setiap pasang mata yang memandang setuju
mengatakan bahwa mereka sungguh-sungguh saling mencintai.

Beberapa bulan kemudian, sang istri berkata kepada suaminya, "Sayang, aku
baru membaca sebuah artikel di majalah tentang bagaimana memperkuat tali
pernikahan" katanya sambil menyodorkan majalah tersebut.

"Masing-masing kita akan mencatat hal-hal yang kurang kita sukai dari
pasangan kita.

Kemudian, kita akan membahas bagaimana merubah hal-hal tersebut dan
membuat hidup pernikahan kita bersama lebih bahagia"

Suaminya setuju dan mereka mulai memikirkan hal-hal dari pasangannya
yang tidak mereka sukai dan berjanji tidak akan tersinggung ketika pasangannya
mencatat hal-hal yang kurang baik sebab hal tersebut untuk kebaikkan
mereka bersama. Malam itu mereka sepakat untuk berpisah kamar dan mencatat
apa yang terlintas dalam benak mereka masing-masing.

Besok pagi ketika sarapan, mereka siap mendiskusikannya. "Aku akan mulai
duluan ya", kata sang istri. Ia lalu mengeluarkan daftarnya. Banyak sekali
yang ditulisnya, sekitar 3 halaman. Ketika ia mulai membacakan satu
persatu hal yang tidak dia sukai dari suaminya, ia memperhatikan bahwa
airmata suaminya mulai mengalir.....

"Maaf, apakah aku harus berhenti ?" tanyanya. "Oh tidak, lanjutkan..."
jawab suaminya.

Lalu sang istri melanjutkan membacakan semua yang terdaftar, lalu kembali
melipat kertasnya dengan manis diatas meja dan berkata dengan bahagia
"Sekarang gantian ya, engkau yang membacakan daftarmu".

Dengan suara perlahan suaminya berkata "Aku tidak mencatat sesuatupun di
kertasku. Aku berpikir bahwa engkau sudah sempurna, dan aku tidak ingin
merubahmu. Engkau adalah dirimu sendiri. Engkau cantik dan baik bagiku.
Tidak satupun dari pribadimu yang kudapatkan kurang.... "

Sang istri tersentak dan tersentuh oleh pernyataan dan ungkapan cinta
serta isi hati suaminya. Bahwa suaminya menerimanya apa adanya. Ia
menunduk dan menangis.....

Dalam hidup ini, banyak kali kita merasa dikecewakan, depressi, dan sakit
hati. Sesungguhnya tak perlu menghabiskan waktu memikirkan hal-hal
tersebut. Hidup ini penuh dengan keindahan, kesukacitaan dan pengharapan.

Mengapa harus menghabiskan waktu memikirkan sisi yang buruk, mengecewakan
dan menyakitkan jika kita bisa menemukan banyak hal-hal yang indah di
sekeliling kita ? Saya percaya kita akan menjadi orang yang berbahagia
jika kita mampu melihat dan bersyukur untuk hal-hal yang baik dan mencoba
melupakan yang buruk.

Diterjemahkan dari tulisan : Trevor Klein


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