Couple Discussion: Making Time Management and Service Choices (Based on the Teachings of the Bahá’í Faith and Marriage Education Resources)
This discussion and action guide with content from the Bahá’í Faith’s teachings and from marriage educators helps couples with assessing and managing their current time and service choices. It will help determine their motivations for these choices, and what different choices would contribute to the strength of their marriage and family. Provides excellent marriage strengthening opportunities as you become better at time management in your marriage!
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
• Understand some spiritual principles related to time and service choices
• Talk more openly about their preferences and choices
• Identify new choices that will be beneficial to the well-being of individuals, the couple, and the family, or confirm choices currently being made
Have you noticed how often you and everyone you know these days are lamenting the lack of time? It could be tattooed across our foreheads: I’m too busy to…. Does trying to juggle all of your work, home, education, and Bahá’í/religious service tasks responsibilities sometimes seem like too much of a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual test? Do you feel like you are sometimes acting out of guilt more than out of joy? It’s time to take a deep breath, pray, reflect, consult and see what the best choices are for your lives today.
We may fail to remember that “Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease to exert a beneficial influence.” (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 215) Wayne M. Sotile and Mary O. Sotile in their book Marriage Skills for Busy Couples say, “Our expanded expectations and multiple roles lead us to become superpeople with exceptional coping strategies that keep us going despite our abnormal levels of stress, fatigue, and tension. We become experts at managing our responsibilities, but we remain rather inept at keeping our relationships alive.” (Preface, p. x) They say it is vital to make changes to have relationships filled with tolerance, passion, joy, and creativity, that are mutually supportive, empowered, and committed to a good life together. (p. 7)
Author: Susanne M. Alexander
Publication Date: November 17, 2016
Publisher: Marriage Transformation
Number of Pages: 21