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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The World Famous San Diego Zoo

Last month I traveled with my family to San Diego to attend my little sister’s wedding. It was wonderful to spend a few days with family and get caught up with some old friends whose home we were able to stay at. We also got to go to the world famous San Diego Zoo. It was a ton of fun. My sons loved seeing all of the animals and I found myself getting caught up in their excitement, running from animal to animal and telling them all about each one. However, as the day wore on, I found my energy beginning to run low but realizing that we still had a lot to see. After another hour or two in the hot sun I found myself getting irritated by little things those around did or did not do, things that normally wouldn’t bother me at all. Finally, my wife and I had a little disagreement over whether one of the boys was too old to ride in the stroller and I snapped. I ended the discussion like a child and just walked away. Well, of course she was tired too and so she let me walk away (in fact she was probably thinking something like “what a little baby” as I walked away). It took me about five minutes to realize I had just disrespected the person that I care most about in the world and had walked away from her. Then, to top it all off, I was forced to accept that I was wrong and she was right and I now needed to apologize to her to make things right again. After that realization it was probably another five minutes before I mustered the courage to swallow my pride and walk back over to her and grovel for forgiveness. Thankfully she is a much better person than I am and she did not make me grovel, but she did agree with me that I was wrong. And I was.

This is one of the things that I love most about my relationship with my wife. We trust one another and we want to ensure that nothing damages that trust. We are quick to ask and extend forgiveness when it is needed. That takes humility and trust. Forgiveness, both asking for it and giving it, is necessary to enjoying uplifting love.

(The zoo was wonderful, by the way. If you ever get the chance to go, do)

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