Reblog: “My Husband Is Not My Soul Mate”

Wise, sound, very practical stuff. . . .

“You could have a great marriage with any number of compatible people. There is no ONE PERSON for you. But once you marry someone, that person becomes your one person. . . .

This is profoundly unromantic advice. We love to hear of people who ‘just can’t help who they love,’ or people who ‘fall in love,’ or ‘find the one person meant for them.’ Even within the Christian circle, we love to talk about how God ‘had someone’ for someone else for all of time.

But what happens to these people when the unstoppable and uncontrollable force that prompted them to start loving, lets them stop loving, or love someone else?

What happens is a world where most marriages end in divorce, and even those that don’t are often unhappy.

My marriage is not based on a set of choices over which I had no control. It is based on a daily choice to love this man, this husband that I chose out of many people that I could have chosen to love.  [And] I like it better this way, with the pressure on me and not on fate, cosmos, or divinity. I will not fall out of love, cannot fall out of love, because I willingly dived in and I’m choosing daily to stay in.

This is my joyous task, my daily decision. This is my marriage.”

Well said.  Very very well said.

The Art in Life

It might seem odd that on this, our one-year anniversary, I am beginning a post with the declaration that my husband is not my soul mate. But he isn’t.WegmannWedding161

I wouldn’t want to imagine life without James. I enjoy being with him more than anyone else in this world. I love him more than I ever thought you could love someone, and I miss him whenever I am not with him. I wouldn’t want to married to anyone else other than James, which is good, because I plan on being married to him forever, and he has to let me die first.

But I reject the entire premise of soul mates.

WegmannWedding294Do you remember those awesome Evangelical 90’s/ early 2000’s where Jesus was kind of like our boyfriend and we all kissed dating good-bye because we just knew that God was going to bring us THE ONE and then life…

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About John

I am a married, 46-year old, Midwesterner, with four children. My primary interest is in leading a very examined and decent and Loving life; my interests that are related to this and that feed into this include (and are not limited to) -- psychology, philosophy, poetry, critical thinking, photography, soccer, tennis, chess, bridge.
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2 Responses to Reblog: “My Husband Is Not My Soul Mate”

  1. I get it. But it makes me sad because I could not/would not continue to make this choice. And I can’t help wondering if I will ever be capable.

  2. John says:

    Hello Jonathan, thanks as always for reading and responding.

    I don’t know really know much about your story. My only real advice is keep learning — keep learning more and more what Love actually is (as best as you can determine it) and then try as best as you can to align your actions and thinking and attitude and even emotions with that understanding as wholeheartedly as you can. What else really matters in life?

    Kindest regards, Jonathan,


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