A married couple used to come see me once in
a while. Among the many I knew who were wed,
they appeared the most happy.
One day I said to them, "What marital advice
could you offer to others that might help them
achieve the grace you found?"
And the young woman blushed and so did her
husband; so I did not press them to answer.
But I knew.
Their secret was this: That once every day, for
an hour, they treated each other as if they were
gods and would, with all their heart, do anything,
anything, their beloved desired.
Sometimes that just meant holding hands and
walking in a forest that renewed their souls.
translation: Daniel Landinsky