August 11th, 2011 was the day Ari Gronich proposed to me at his parents home in Sacramento, California. It was one of the most romantic moments I have ever experienced. His family, opened their hearts and homes instantly. We went to a musical “Annie Get Your Gun” the evening before. I sat in the middle watching and listening to Ari, his mother and father sing every song. A night I will always remember and here is one of the songs – “They Say It’s Wonderful”
This past August 11th I forgot this special day but had a huge smile on my face as soon as Ari reminded me!!! Everyday I am reminded what it is like to be really loved and adored. I am feeling very grateful to have this experience and want to share some of the gifts I am experiencing around love and relationships.
I used to think it’s not possible or stay away from long distance relationship, but have found if two people really are meant to be together, they will find a way. When Ari decided he wanted to be with me and my family, he packed up his entire home of 5 years in Los Angeles and moved across the country. He lived in California most of his life. What a risk and willingness to let go and be open to a possibility. I know there are days it’s challenging for him, as he misses his community, friends and family in California. Most of his relationships are over 10 years in memories. So often when I feel stuck in my ways of thinking or doing things….I ask “What am I willing to give up to have more love and joy?” Is it a story or belief? And when I love to this place of appreciation….I become open to letting go! Dare to LOVE
I wake up in the morning greeted with a huge smile, “good morning and I love you!!” A true partner that wants to bring more joy and love to not only our family but everyone we come into contact with. Very selfless…sometime I bug him to be more selfish and put himself first!
Today I get this song “When a Man Loves a Woman” in my head when I think of my relationship with Ari and his deep love. It also reminds me and hopefully others what is possible with love!!