“Among His proofs is that He created for you spouses from among yourselves, in order to have tranquility and contentment with each other, and He placed in your hearts love and care towards your spouses. In this, there are sufficient proofs for people who think.” (Qur’an 30:21)
Overwhelmed by deadlines, regular routine and responsibilities, I felt suffocated. I looked up at Masood, and he instantly read my eyes. “Let’s go out for a walk,” he messaged me on AIM. I am pleasantly surprised on how much this man, who was a complete stranger to me just two years ago, seem to know me so well. I am equally amazed at myself for when I look at him, I seem to know what he’s thinking. Is that possible at all? I felt his heartbeat while he slept one evening, and it matched mine. Yes, it is possible.
At 4 pm, Masood sent out an email to our colleagues that we will be out for an hour. All of our Boston colleagues are off to celebrate Christmas, even our own office is half empty, so nobody missed us while we were out. I decided to take the camera with me.
We didn’t go anywhere far. In fact, we decided to just walk around our office premises. I breathed in the coolness of December, filling up my lungs with fresh air. And when Masood held my hand as we walked, I knew I was with the man who priotized me over his career, his friends and even himself.
“We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” – Ellen Goodman
“The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich
Masood is a much better listener than I would ever be. When I speak, he gives me undivided attention. I often feel guilty because there are certain times when he’s talking and I’m thinking about what to cook for dinner or which clothes to wear the next day. But as we walked today, I listened to him intently, as he talked about our future plans, dreams, and us in general.
“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.” – Robert Dodds
“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” – Barnett R. Brickner
“It’s easy to understand love at first sight, but how do we explain love after two people have been looking at each other for years?” – Author Unknown
“… a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.” – Zig Ziglar
“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” – Andre Maurois
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” – Simone Signoret
“Marriages are ruined when one person continues to learn, develop and grow, while the other person stands still.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon Mclaughlin
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