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Our differences create a complex sketch

With veering lines and shadows

Many questions with few answers

An unanticipated destination reached

By two separate roads

Though hand in hand

Clouds of dark loom above

But then flies a hopeful dove

Riding a sunbeam of transparent light

That brings love with compromise

John C. Bader

Compromise and Communication

One of the most crucial ingredients to a lasting relationship is communication. Partners need to be able to share thoughts on the most intimate of levels. Effective communication is more of the dynamic push and pull; the give and take. Partners must be able to speak and listen. They must be able to share thoughts and feelings without fear of potential backlash. As a responsive partner, it is important to remember that when arguments occur, trying to listen and understand where your partner is coming from; what he or she wants, is more productive than just immediately getting defensive.

The shortest distance between two positions is intention. This is certainly true in relationships where you should always strive to be aware of what your partner’s wants and needs are. Our actions as responsive partners should be grounded in desire and commitment; the sources of lasting love. Our choices, attitudes, and acts of kindness are valuable assets to our relationships. Your own intention to continually reach out and show your partner you really care sends out a series of positive actions. Remember, positive actions always create more positive reactions. This kind of focus and progress in your relationship guarantees a circle of positive energy around you; with you and your partner, happy and balanced at the center.

John C. Bader

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For Annamarie…


An emotion that glows in our hearts

It symbolizes commitment and compromise

Two individual people joined as one

 on a windy road to eternal bliss under the sun

Life’s challenges can steer a wavering course

Inundated by stormy wind-swept waves

our love for each other shines above with sun drenched rays

Despite the dark clouds of pain and uncertainty

a vibrant rainbow arches across a bright sky

Revealing a warm tropical day

Free of doubt and remorse

Full of prosperity and love

Peace and happiness shower us from above

Twelve years ago we married and became one

My reasons for asking for your hand

have not altered once –

You are the root of my passion and desire

Trust reflects from your soft, warm eyes

Friendship and compassion exude through your affectionate smile

Another  year has passed and here we are:

Together forever…

A constant wind carries our everlasting love

Sweeping us off our feet as we breathe in the February air

As light fades to dusk

We stand hand in hand

On a beach we hold close to our hearts

Deciphering the riddles drawn in the sand

John C. Bader


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