I laughed at his explanation but realized that the concept goes far beyond marriage. In fact, it applies to all life. If you're alive, you're going to have trouble. The Bible says so. In Job, it says, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble." In John, Jesus Himself said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation." It's depressing, I know, but it's unavoidable. Let's boil it down:
Ox = ox poop
2 dogs = lots of dog poop (trust me, I know this one well)
Life = life poop
The key to dealing with this inevitable situation, as Mark Gungor explains, is to find the proper "positive to poo" ratio. This goes back to a couple of my earlier posts that discussed getting rid of the inner Eeyore and retraining our brain. It's simply too easy to focus on all the poo in our lives. It's all around us. It stinks. It seems to permeate every fiber of our being. And at times, we're so tired of the poo that we contemplate ending it all, just to get rid of the poo.
Do you know the best way to stop thinking about the poo? Think about something else. Don't focus on the negative. Focus on the positive. What's good in your life right now? Do you have loved ones who care for you? Do you have a good job (or in this job market, a job at all)? Do you have good health? Were you able to take a breath this morning? Do you have plenty to eat? Surely, there's something. Think about it. Ponder it. Meditate on it. Put it above your negative thoughts. Whatever you do, don't let the poo outweigh the positive!