This I Believe

Sheila - Cornish, New Hampshire
Entered on June 11, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50
  • Podcasts

    Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about the This I Believe project, educational opportunities and more...

  • Top Essays USB Drive

    This USB drive contains 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow's radio series of the 1950s. It's perfect for personal or classroom use! Click here to learn more.


I was recently asked if I was married and if so, how long. I told he I have been married for 31 years. She was sruprised and said “what is the secret to a long marriage?” I quickly responded without really thinking. No secrets, well maybe a few. Don’t spend too much time together.Then later I really thought about what I believe.

I believe there is no one answer, I believe there are an infinite number of answers. It made me take pause and an inventory of my beliefs on this special realtionship.

I believe in respect. Treat him with the same respect you would a person you think of as so called inportance. I believe in saying please and thank you. I believe in saying excuse me and your welcome. I believe in saying and doing the little things. Telling him he looks good in that shirt, telling him I missed him today.U believe when you go to get yourself a drink form the kitchen, asking if he needs anything while I’m up.

I believe in ding and saying these things with all my heart.I believe thi is true love and genuine respect.

I believe in having fun. I believe in being playful. I believe in not taking myself nor evey situation, too seriously. I believe in taking time for myself and with each other.

Look at the stars, take a walk, go for a ride to get an ice cream together. I believe in saying, I love you alot.

I believe in saying please and thank you and meaning it. I believe it’s no secret.