So, what makes a successful marriage? First, you have to select well. I am happy to report that I did. We share the same values and have the same desire to make the world a better place. You should get married not because you want to be together, but because you can't stand to be apart. Second, no matter what happens, you have to be nice to each other. Although there have been occasional squabbles, we are always nice to each other. Oddly, I don't really agree with that advice about not going to bed angry. Although it's painful to do so, sometimes you need a little sleep to give you the perspective needed to heal a wound. Third, work together to be better. Ask yourself what you can do to encourage your spouse to do better, to strive more toward his or her goals. Fourth, even when you are not really feeling the love, pretend you do. The old adage, "Fake it til you make it" will allow you the time to fix big problems. Finally, you have to laugh often, no matter what. A sense of humor has saved us many times. You just can't take yourself too seriously. Life is just too short for that.
Happy anniversary Drew. Thanks for the great adventure we have had so far. I can't wait to see what the next 31 years have in store for us.