If you know JR or have been around us, you know we like to laugh and make fun of ourselves. That is one of my favorite things we have in common, and it’s really what attracted me to him in the first place, almost 15 years ago. But we are SO different in many other areas.
I always say, I’m the tornado in his calm, steady world. I like change, JR likes consistency. I get excited over the littlest things. His emotions are fairly reserved. I’m loud, social and love a get together. He prefers a quiet night at home, curled up on the couch. He has taught me SO much. Here are a few big ones.
Patience. He is REALLY good at this. He’s taught me that the first reaction to a situation may not always be the appropriate way to respond.
Acceptance. I’m really determined, more often than not, to try to make the situation better, help/change anyone or anything I can. And sometimes - most times - its out of my control. He’s taught me to realize that I can only control how I react to it. This one is an ongoing work in progress for me.
Perseverance. JR has taken on the odds more than once in his life. He jokes, he has ‘cock roach’ DNA. His obstacles would have made most people throw their hands in the air and say, ‘F@*k it”. But everyday, he decides, “it’ll be a good day.”
Self discipline. Not my strong suit. If I want it, I get it. I’m working on being more aware of my everyday decisions in all aspects of my life - work, health and play.
Conscientious. He always does the ‘right’ thing. He can not walk by a piece of trash on the ground without picking it up and finding a trash bin. He always pushes the random shopping carts in the parking lot to their ‘home’. He greets everyone with a handshake and always removes his hat. These things may seem insignificant, but speak volumes about a person’s character.
I learn from this man everyday and I’ll love him to the moon and back. He inspires me constantly to be a better human. I am forever grateful to the universe for bringing him into my life.