“Two are better than one.” It was a straightforward phrase that was in one of the many wedding cards received one and half years ago. I can distinctly remember my new husband and I chuckling as we read the clever handwritten phrase. Although short and simplistic, it is a phrase that has resurfaced intermittently in my mind and as time and life goes on, I realize more and more that “Two are better than one.”

Of course in the context of the card my husband and I received, the phrase was strictly pertaining to a partnership of marriage, however, the reality is we are all connected to someone. Whether you are single, in a relationship, married or widowed we are not made to travel the journey of life alone. We are inherently people who need other people. Whether it’s for a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board when we are faced with a complex situation, or someone with which to share the beautiful sound of laughter, we are made to be connected with others.

Yes, I have to admit that there have been times when I’ve thought I can handle a situation or a phase of my life alone, but the reality is I cannot, or if I do, I do not handle the situation as well as I would have with someone by my side. God puts people in our lives for a reason. In a society that sadly seems to encourage an individualistic way of life, I challenge myself to remember that “two are better than one” whether I can physically see the person standing next to me or; due to loved ones living hours away, I instead turn to a kind listening ear to talk to over the phone; to a short text message, a heartfelt email, or a caring face over video chat.

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for being connected and for my partners in life; my husband, family, friends, and the strangers I stumble upon each day.

“Two are better than one.” It’s as elementary as that.

Posted by Molly.