Marriage as a civil union

Treat your marriage like a business.

This may seem like an absolute ignorant statement, but just hear me out.  First on all, regardless of you religions beliefs, regardless of where you live, and even regardless of your income.  To get married you must have a license.  A document that states you are joining into a civil union or civil partnership.

Secondly, to have a successful business, you must offer something off value to your customers. Who are essentially partners in your success.  If you don’t offer something your customers are looking for or needing, then your business will fail.  It’s essentially the same in your marriage, if there is nothing of value, your marriage will fail.

Third, in a successful business, the customer is NOT always right.  Contrary to what you may have been told. As a customer, you may be in the wrong.  Have you ever been in line behind someone that is trying to return am item for a cash refund, when right next to the cashier is a sign that clearly reads.  “ALL sales are final. Returns will recieve store credit”  In this example, the customer is clearly wrong.  Marriage is just like this business, neither person is right all the time.  In fact,  clear expectations are sometimes necessary to have success.

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Fourth, just like in a business, finances seen to be a regular discussion in a marriage.  Although it’s usually more of an argument than a discussion.  Why is that?  I believe it’s because of our upbringing.  Generally speaking, we each have different ideas of what to spend money on.  I was raised to believe if you didn’t have the money on hand to but something, you simply didn’t need it.  If it was something you needed, then you figure out where to get the money from.  My husband, on the other hand was raised quite the opposite.  If you wanted, or needed something, you just went and got it, then figure out later how to pay for it.  Just like in a business, these two different ideologies, are quite different, so we’ve had to each learn to compromise.

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Fifth, no one is right 100 percent of the time, or even 50 percent of the time.  Most things are not an even 50/50.  There will be times a partner, business or marriage, must be willing to go the extra percentage and make it a 60/40, 80/20 or even a 100/0 split, knowing that the next time it might be just the opposite, and you give zero percent, while you partner gives a hundred percent. That’s what make a successful business, and marriage.

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