There was a feature this morning on NPR about arranged marriages in the Muslim faith. They interviewed a young Muslim couple that have been married for 6 years. They both live here in the States, but they still opted to go the traditional route and have their parents select their husband/wife. NPR called them the poster child for arranged marriages because they are truly happy. The husband credited their happiness to his parents good selection and to a lot of hard work. He said growing up he always knew "he'd love his wife no matter who she was."
Most Americans don't expect that. They plan to love a spouse as long as he/she keeps making them happy. So when times get hard or the spouse gets annoying or life gets dull, people decide they're not happy and file for a divorce. Done and done.
I think we should all be a bit more like this Muslim couple. While I'm SUPER glad I got to pick Doug myself (no offense, mom and dad), I think we should all have the mind-set that once we choose to marry someone, we will both (key word: both) make our marriage work and, more than anything, that we will love each other.
Thanks, NPR and arranged-marriage-couple, for making me think before I've even had breakfast.