The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

So, it was Aristotle who originated the phrase “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.  I only came across this in Psych classes (Gestalt Theory) and then again when doing NLP.

As it’s our anniversary, I wanted to write something about our marriage and when reflecting upon my relationship with Tony, this is the phrase that came to mind.  “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  🙂

This is so true for us.

Separately, we make things happen and we get things done but together we magnify our output by more than double (for better AND worse!).  We either get a lot done or absolutely nothing at all and then some…. (I don’t know how it is possible to do less than nothing but we manage this.)

Individually, we get to appointments on time.  Together we’re either early or late but more often than not, late, VERY late.

Eating by ourselves, we will eat moderately.  Together, we will eat double what we would normally eat by ourselves and then some more.

When only one of us wants to clean the house, it will take AGES, a whole week!  But when we both decide to clean the house, everything gets done in a couple of hours.

When renovating, he looks at taps, light switches, white goods.  I look at tiles, shutters, furniture.  We both look at floor, walls, cupboards and doors… can you believe we did renovations without fighting about anything?  That was a massive project we underwent while going through some other major stressors and we did it all without arguing about anything!

Together we are definitely greater than the sum of each of us and I am grateful to have found a husband that helps me to live a life greater than one I could ever have lived by myself 🙂


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