Oh heck, let’s talk about divorce today.
The last time I checked, the divorce rate in the United States was hovering around 50% and it has been for years. I find that amazing and yes, totally understandable.
Is there something going on the past decade or so that leads to this? Is there some new factor that weighs heavily on married couples today that didn’t say, fifty years ago?
I don’t have simple answers to complicated questions, and those are complicated questions indeed. Marriage is hard. Period! Once the bloom is off the rose and two people get down to the daily grind of living together, problems arise, and it is how we deal with those problems that spells success or doom for a marriage. Both members of the marriage union bring baggage. Both bring a set of pre-conceived beliefs based on how they were raised and how they view the world and life. Finding common ground so both sets of beliefs can flourish is a seriously difficult task, one that, quite frankly, many people are not prepared for or willing to undertake.
In a very real sense, divorce is the natural outcome of a dysfunctional partnership. Finding a way to make it functional is the key, and if there is no willingness to make that happen then it is only a matter of time before the one becomes two again.