August 19, 2009
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 “When I was a little girl, my mother liked to make breakfast for dinner every now and then. And, I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, tiring day at work. On that evening, my mother placed a plate of eggs, pasta, and extremely burned toast in front of my father. I was waiting to see if anyone noticed! My father reached for his toast, smiled at my mother, and asked me how my day was at school. I don’t remembered what I told him last night, but I do remember watching him that night, but I do remember watching smear butter and jelly on that toast and he ate every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remembered hearing my mother apologised to my father for burning the toast. And, I will never forget what he said, “Hey, I love burned toast.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Debbie, your mother put in a hard day at work today, and she’s really tired. And besides –a little burnt toast never hurt anyone.” You know, life is full of imperfect people and imperfect things. I am not the best house keeper and cook.

What I have learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults-and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is the one of the most important keys to create a healthy, growing and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for all of us today.

That we will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of our life and lay them at the feet of GOD. Because in the end, He is the only one who will be able to give us relationship where burnt toast isn’t a deal –breaker!

We can extend it to any other relationship.

Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket but into your own coat.

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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