Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to celebrate the joining of two souls in holy matrimony: Jay and Andrea.
Congratulations, my friends! Your friends from the frozen tundra in Minnesota celebrate this glorious event with you!
As I woke up this morning, I was thinking about this event and your wedding. I woke up thinking about what I would say to you both as you begin this phase of your lives together. I have been married for almost 24 years, and I have learned some things along the way that I would be happy to pass along to you both. This is the same advice from the same philosophers I gave to my brother when I was his Best Man at his wedding some years ago. It is the same advice I will give my two boys when they wed some day in the distant future.
Go with the Flow
The first piece of advice comes from a great philosopher of the modern age. This man hails from the far north as well. In his case, he comes from Canada and is one of their most cherished treasures. In the timeless words of John Candy:
Marriage and life can be compared to going down a river. Sometimes, marriage and life is good and easy. The waters are calm, and things take little effort. Other times, there are rapids, and it takes a lot of effort to avoid getting hung up on the rocks. In the worst of times, the river rushes over a waterfall. You need to hold on to each other tight and go over to uncertain depths below or figure out a safe way around the impending disaster. The key through all of this is to be together and work like a team. By doing that, you will be equipped and able to take on whatever is around the next bend in the river.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
The second piece of advice comes from another great mind and talent of our current year and current age. This is truly an exquisite mind and talent: one that is unparalleled in all the land. I, I mean this talent, firmly believes that you should, no matter what, always try to laugh. Life comes at you fast, and sometimes the only way to cope with it is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, make a joke and laugh. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Live, laugh and love. Truly is more than a cheesy slogan on an Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest page. It is the truth. It is how I try to approach life, although sometimes I am better at it than others. You have to laugh together to make sense of this mad, mad world. Even when Jay leaves his nasty workout socks on the floor or the toilet seat up. You just have to laugh.
Congratulations! Start Your World
Julie and I wish you two the best. We wished we could be there with you to celebrate this event, but we will make efforts to celebrate sometime and in some place in the future.
Congratulations! Good luck, good fortune, and may God smile upon you. Start your world; it begins….now!