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Wanting a Steak, Settling for a Burger
Sometimes writing things down in a letter to a nationally syndicated columnist for the whole world to see can really put things into perspective. One 42-year-old man wrote in asking for advice on his passionless marriage and it didn't take long for his true problem to surface.
"I weighed my options and took the leap. I felt that I may never find my ideal woman and settled for her," he tells MSNBC columnist Gail Saltz. "In other words I settled for hamburger thinking I might never get steak."
Saltz was correct when she responded by telling him that the only emotions he is cultivating with his wife are contempt and disdain. "Those are about the worst emotions you can have when it comes to reviving a troubled marriage," she writes.
Imagine how the poor woman would feel if she knew she was the wifely equivalent of a quarter pounder with cheese?
The notion of settling can be tough. On one hand, you don't want to cast aside a potentially worthy mate just because he or she doesn't match the picture of your dream guy or girl. You could go through your whole life and never find a Pamela Anderson look-alike with a Ph.D. in astrophysics. However, if you haven't grown to love a person's imperfections, it's not fair to either of you to settle, no matter how old you are. [MSNBC]