Bell the Cat in Your Marriage

Have you belled the cat in your marriage? Maybe you don't have a cat. Or a bell. And if you did have a cat, why would you want to put a bell around its neck anyway? Perhaps by now you've decided I've either presented an intriguing metaphor that leaves you hooked or I'm just really, really strapped for something compelling to write about this month.

I'm hoping it's the former, not the latter.

You see, there's this fable that my older daughters and I studied this week called "The Council of the Mice." These mice have a problem.

Wait for it. Wait for it.

Yep, you guessed it, a cat. This feline is proving to be a highly effective means of unwanted population control. Day after day, more mice go missing ... permanently.

So those left behind realize they need a plan to protect themselves. They gather together and one young mouse proposes, "Let's put a bell around the cat's neck. That way, when it comes near any of us, the sound of the bell will warn us." Well, the other mice think this is ingenious! That is, until a senior mouse slaps some reality on the table. He asks, "And how are we going to get this bell around the cat's neck?"

Suddenly, all the mice have one of those "Oh, yeah" moments. Sure, this task of theirs may be ingenious, but it's difficult and perhaps even impossible to achieve. Sacrifice, and maybe even the supreme sacrifice, could be required.

What does this have to do with you and your spouse? Or me and mine?

A successful marriage requires a high-risk mission. One that's difficult, and perhaps seemingly impossible at times, to walk out. One that demands sacrifice and, yes, even supreme sacrifice.

What is this mission?

[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]