You know the type of movie. Through a series of unlikely circumstances, two people meet. And against all odds, we find that they fall in love and live happily ever after. Sure, it may sound too good to be true. They are both just following the script that was written for their characters. How could something so good really ever happen in real life. I call it the Brady Bunch ending. You show me a mixed family today with six kids and I'll show you something as far from the Brady Bunch as The Family Guy is from Leave it to Beaver. We are all jaded by our life experiences. And when we do experience something wonderful, we look for the down side. We sometimes sabotage it, before finding out if it could actually be true. Or worse yet, it so foreign to us that we don't even recognize it.
Today, I find myself rooting for the underdog in a real life love story. While at the bank, I needed to open a separate account and was introduced to my banker, Brandon. Sometimes there are people that you meet that put you immediately at ease. They approach you as though they already know you. As close of a greeting as you might expect from your dog. Instead of a wagging tail, it's that person's smile. Brandon has that way about him. He also has a youthful innocence about him. One that we find in ourselves as well, but sometime hidden behind a fortress of protective walls. As a result of that innocence and openness, I quickly learned a lot about Brandon through him sharing his story. Every one of us has a story to tell. What I found interesting about Brandon's story is that it seemed like something right out of a movie. One day, while working with a client, the mature woman asked Brandon if he was available. To which he responded yes. She then said, "you need to meet my granddaughter". Sight unseen, he agreed to meet her. Through coaxing on her part, she was able to get her granddaughter to text Brandon. And wouldn't you know it, their relationship has begun. Just last night, after weeks together, they decided to commit themselves to a relationship. I know that we are barely past the movie trailers, and still have much of the movie to go, but I'm still hopeful that their relationship will last. Just as I was leaving, I was given some strength in that hope. Brandon told me about a book that he has always wanted to write and one that I'm sure he will. Brandon has had the benefit of observing many successful relationships within his family. Through this modeling, he has figured out the keys to staying together. The book gives us some advice about successful relationships and encompasses three key ingredients. Although I would love to share them with you now, I might just give away his idea before he has had the chance to complete his book. I can't wait till the end of the movie, but for now, I'll have to wait.