When on August 3rd, I announced, “Our Celebration of Life Together Continues”, in my thank you message to all our thoughtful friends who had acknowledged our anniversary celebration, I had no preconceived notion of what form the celebration would take. I just knew that my husband and I were committed to celebrating our union on an ongoing basis – come hell or high water. Before I go any further, I want to thank everyone who has since extended sentiments and love to us. We thank you, for placing a smile on our faces as your contribution to our ongoing celebration.
When a delivery from 1-800FLOWERS.com was made a few days later, we were alerted to the reality that we might have to make room for other unexpected contributors to this celebration. As if this mystery package was not enough of a spirit booster, it was the elation that ensued when we set eyes upon the contents that stepped up the experience to the level of a rather successful attempt to minister to us.
This was not just a move to send us flowers to help us celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Sarah of Capital One Bank, who according to the accompanying note, I must have connected with recently, had chosen to mark our anniversary with a bouquet of our most favorite flower – purple dendrobium orchid that is symbolic of royalty, admiration, and respect.
As Sarah addressed my banking needs over the phone, it was obvious that she did so with a passion to serve her Capital One clients, and that she had paid attention to my every word and made a decision to reach out to me and my husband in this surprising and exciting way. In case you are wondering, ‘No,’ I did not discuss my love for orchids with her….and ‘Yes’, my husband and I happen to be a couple that does NOT believe in coincidences!
As we extend our gratitude to Sarah (of Capital One Bank), We want to acknowledge the spirit of humanity that Capital One Bank promotes in its workplace. For our suspicion is that in the absence of a culture that significantly touches the lives of their clients, Sarah might have experienced a roadblock when she planned to embrace us in such a sweet way.
As a couple who strives to awaken the spirit of humanity in all areas of our life, we fully appreciate this and say a big Thank You to Sarah and Capital One Bank for touching our lives in this special way.
As can be seen from the pictures below, this special connection which gave us the opportunity to quickly get into gear for an impromptu photo shoot – with selfies and all – was properly savored. A moment we know was initiated by love, compassion and appreciation for humankind that will surely outlast the flowers even as they receive the tender and loving care that they deserve from a place of prominence in our showroom!
9 years ago, as my father walked me down the aisle, my then soon-to-be husband serenaded me with the song he had written for the occasion, “SMILE FOR ME”. That, I must say, was a brilliant response to the creative use of the arts that really resonated with me. For, I have not once found a good reason not to smile for him since then. Needless to say, he did not ask me to do that which he was not willing to do for me in return. His smiles are still magical and we plan to keep them that way.
We have made it a point to “smile” through the ups and downs of life, knowing that we truly have each other’s back. Another element we can never lose a grip on, is RESPECT for each other. We both agreed well before we took our vows, that our marriage would not thrive on mutual love, devoid of mutual respect for each other. This I must say, makes for the strong bond we enjoy today.
On this our 9th wedding anniversary, we would like to offer our love and prayers to couples out there who are struggling to obtain a harmonious and loving relationship. It is our hope that you will take a moment to search for that which you and your spouse have in common and use that as a building block to a wonderful relationship. There are of course, other options such as help from your faith-based family or mental health practitioners.
Congratulations to those who are enjoying their moments together. Perhaps you could share some tips on what works for you.