December 11, 2018

Metaphor For
A Successful Marriage

A Facebook friend of mine posted the above video and asked a friend who once had draft animals if she thought it was animal abuse. The friend's reply...

"No, not abuse - our mules seemed to enjoy doing the work Tom asked of them. If this team were falling onto their knees, and / or couldn't actually move the truck, then I would think abuse."

From my own point of view, I immediately saw something entirely different. The video presents a beautiful metaphor for marriage. My comment...

"This is a metaphor for a good and lasting marriage. Two, harnessed together, working together, pulling in the same direction, to achieve a common goal, and often pulling uphill."

I could write more on this subject, but the beauty of metaphors is that they don't need a lot of words to convey their message.


  1. Did you notice that the team (marriage) couldn't get traction until they got off the road they were expected to travel. Then they made steady progress. Seems to me that any marriage that stays on the road that society expects is doomed to keep slipping. Keep up the great posts. How abou showing us how your house addition is coming.
    Idaho Bob

    1. Idaho Bob,
      That's an EXCELLENT observation and commentary!
      Thank you.

  2. A draft horse working alone can pull 8,000 lbs. But a team of two working together can pull 24,000 lbs; more than twice as much! Just like marriage - better together (that's part of our marriage motto, which I'm sure is not all that original).

  3. Love the metaphor! So true. I also love the observation that they needed the traction that they could only get going off the road they were expected to travel. Good marriages aren't found that often on the "expected" wide path.