It is not so much differing roles we play, but, rather, individual strengths that we bring to the relationship. And as we express those strengths we can, via consideration and kindness and respect, mutually nurture the development and growth of each other as well. Two different groups of strengths and inclinations coming together not simply to improve and complete the new family unit they create, but also to tenderly nurture and expand the capacities and understanding of both individuals.
“I have become a better person as I have loved and lived with [my wife]. We have been complementary beyond anything I could have imagined. Her capacity to nurture others grew in me as we became one. My capacity to plan, direct, and lead in our family grew in her as we became united in marriage. I realize now that we grew together into one—slowly lifting and shaping each other, year by year. As we absorbed strength from each other, it did not diminish our personal gifts.”
~Henry Eyring, Remarks at the Humanum Colloquiem at the Vatican, November 2014