All You Need is Love

June 24, 2014

Wedding Day

It seems that couples are everywhere in the summer months. Couples are walking in parks, in your local movie theater, and in your neighborhood restaurants. Most notably, couples are walking hand-in-hand from wedding ceremonies around the world. My own wedding anniversary is this month. On June 29, Donna and I mark 59 years together. You can’t be married as long as we have without developing some sure-fire ways to the keep the love alive. I thought I’d share a few ways that work for us:

  1. Hold hands. There’s nothing wrong with walking around holding hands. When I go visit hotels and bring Donna, we hold hands as we walk around.
  2. Set aside a date night every week.
  3. Try to be home for dinner every night that you can.
  4. Go on vacations together.
  5. Go to church together.
  6. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
  7. Always listen, and listen intently.
  8. Have some outside hobbies.  I love to read mystery novels, and Donna loves to watch the cop shows on TV, like CSI, while she does her needlepoint.
  9. Ask yourself “why” before saying something hurtful or controversial.
  10. Always be there for each other.

You've heard the expression that behind every successful businessperson is a strong spouse. I believe this is true.  Donna's advice and love have guided me through many tough spots.  I'm always learning from her, and I continue to love her even more every year.  So, go out, talk and hold hands and keep that marriage strong.  It's worked for me and it will work for you.

I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

 

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Excellent tips!
Liked this one especially: "Ask yourself “why” before saying something hurtful or controversial."

Nice to read this..
Thank you for sharing..

I have been married for 37years and i think i will take your advice to add some spice in our lives i think will not harm us but do us both good .Thank you Mr Marriott.

It is a great pleasuer working for you for 25 of those years i have been married to my husband .

Mr. Marriott, I shared all the items you've listed with my late husband of 37 years. I lost him to lung cancer 7 months ago...miss him so. But my Marriott family has been here for me along the way...thank you for hiring so many caring associates.

thank you I love reading your articles.

Mr. Marriott, I wish you and your wife every happiness and joy! I have not found that special someone yet but I bask in the love and wisdom that you and other special couples who have found true, enduring love share. Happy anniversary to you both and may you have many, many more years of love together! God bless!
Sincerely,
Patricia Harris

Thank you Mr.Marriott for sharing the stories. I try to read all of what you write and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Marriott family for the past 15 years. I am at the Newark Airport Marriott. I trust that both you and Donna have many more years of happiness together.

Beryl

Happy Anniversary Mr. Marriott!!! Thanks again for the ever-inspirational stories. All we need is Love!!!
Truly
Jerry Karoglu

Navigator/Concierge @ Polat Renaissance Istanbul Hotel

Congratulations on your beautiful and successful marriage.

Great advice.

It doesn't take much to be romantic. Especially in the honeymoon capital, Niagara Falls. It takes patience and perseverance through each winter.

Any extras to push for tip #11?

Mr. Marriott I just want to let you know how lucky I feel for working in your company. Thank you for being an inspiration for all of us. I also want to tell you that I enjoy reading your blog very much! I enjoy your true stories and every lesson. I think you are a great leader and also an excellent writer! You were meant to be a successful person, as a writer or a business man.
God bless you and your family

Mr. Marriott I just want to let you know how lucky I feel for working in your company. Thank you for being an inspiration for all of us. I also want to tell you that I enjoy reading your blog very much! I enjoy your true stories and every lesson. I think you are a great leader and also an excellent writer! You were meant to be a successful person, as a writer or a business man.
God bless you and your family

Dear Mr. Marriott,
I just received news that your friend Senator Howard Baker Jr.passed away. I met you and Senator Baler at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concourse. I was using a view camera to photograph a two tone orange and yellow 1938 Peugeot when you and Senator Baker struck up a conversation with me. The Senator asked me why I had the lens tiled and other questions about what I was doing with the camera we all joked around for a while and you requested that I photograph your 1957 Ferrari.
After you and the Senator left I thought to myself that I should get a picture of you and him together, when I finally made it over to you Ferrari I was informed that you had already taken off.
When I arrived home I did some research on the Senator and found out he was an avid photographer, and from time to time had worked with a view camera so no doubt he knew all along why I was tilting the lens etc, seems he was just pulling my legs.
I remember the Senator from the Watergate hearings and was always impressed by the way he conducted himself and his years as Senator and the way he would cross the isle to get things done.
I will always carry the fond memories of meeting both of you and the fun conversation we had.May the good Senator of Tennessee rest in peace.I still have the letters you both sent to me thanking me for the photos I sent of ground zero and your fine automobile.
Interested to read that the Senator never took any photos of the Watergate hearings something that he said later in life he regretted not doing. I regret that I never took the time to get a shot of you and the Senator at Pebble Beach when I had the chance.
I should have known that great men like the Senator and you were always on the move.
And buy the way you are right really all you need is love.
May you live a long and happy life.


Warmest personal regards,

Ray Anderson

Great advice! Happy Anniversary!

Congratulation Mr. Marriott!!!
My wife and I will celebrate our 18th, this december, but we have been together since high school.
You and Donna are true inspiration.
Your ways you shared to keep Love alive are spot on!
It does work.
Wishing you both many, many more.

Happy 59th anniversary to you and Donna! (in three more days) Wishing you both a lifetime more of Blessings and marital Bliss...Sincerely, Marie and John Smith with Extreme Improvements, LLC, Middleburg, Florida

Congratulations on 59 years!

It's a pleasure to work for a great leader such as yourself. I hope you don't mind...I shared this in my group...LOVE...in Facebook, Join us...your input is indispensable!

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I just want to wish you and your beautiful wife a happy anniversary, Mr. Marriott! You are a true inspiration not only in business life but in personal life as well! I'm going to go hold hands with my guy now! :)

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Marriott! I wish you many more years of happiness!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Marriott! I wish you many more years of happiness!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Marriott.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes!

Gabriela Del Campo

Happy Anniversary Mr. Marriott.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes!

Gabriela Del Campo

True, true and true. I love walking and holding hands with my wife. She is my best friend and spending time with her is the best part of my life. My parents, hopefully, will celebrate their 70th anniversary next February. Congratulations on your 59 years together!

Mr. M.
Thank you for your inspiring words as a newbie to marraige and loving everyday of my commitment to my wonderful wife. As a 20 year Marriott veteran - thank you for all you have done and continue to do for my family and myself.