Yes, Colgate is my brand. What's yours? We all have certain brands of things that we prefer and we prefer that no one attempts to change that or convince us otherwise. Right?? I love Colgate because I feel it gives my teeth a deeper, longer lasting clean. Oh, and it has to be the PASTE!! NOT THE GEL!! Yes, I am serious about my preferences doggonit!! LOL!
Now, let's think about us, our brands. We all have our quirks, traits, flaws, and everything, right?? We have different brands of humor, movie likes, religious and political views, and whatever else we feel makes us who we are. When going into relationships with folks, it is not our job to go in with the intent of swapping out folks' toothpaste and stuff. The mature thing is to go in, understanding and respecting the brands of the other, their likes and loves, their sense of humor, their Sunday afternoon preference, and all other things that make him or her who they are. To swap out someone's toothpaste is to say, "I don't respect what's important to you!" Respectless relationships are destined to fail and fall apart.
Look at this way. I am a tree with many branches, and I've decided to settled down with this other tree I adore. But this tree decides I need to be pruned, convincing me that it's okay and I'll still be the same tree. She cuts my humorous branch off, and I'm okay for while, just a bit more serious about life. Much time elapses and I still feel like I'm good to go. The next Spring comes around, and as I look into the mirror, I see this little sprout on my side. I find myself laughing more often and smiling more. As I begin to remember ME, I think, "What happened?" Then I look up to see her, the one who tried to change me. Resentment is what I feel. Evidently, I, as I was, was not good enough for her. She felt the pruning would make me better, but better for who?? Certainly, not I!!
If you are not willing to accept, understand, and respect the WHOLE package of another, including ALL the various brands that make them who they are, then PLEASE save that individual's heart from YOU!! I'm just saying.
Brand compatibility is what we all desire, a perfect union that only God can plan. What's your brand?
HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYBODY!! BE SAFE!! DO NOT GO ANYWHERE IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams