IT has been a long while since the public has been so fascinated with a royal family, not since Lady Diana. History seems to be repeating itself, only this time, it is the turn of Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton to charm the world.
As they make their historical visit to our country, one can’t help but be curious as to why they are commanding the headlines and what the secret to their charm is.
Recently, I watched a documentary on the royal couple. What I saw was inspiring for all couples, parents included. In fact, I noted down a few of their relationship traits which I think anyone in a relationship should have in their day-to-day interactions with their partners, spouses and children.
TAKE THE JOB SERIOUSLY
Yes, being a prince or a princess is a fantasy for many people. But the royal couple seem to treat their status like any other job.
They have very taxing schedules and their nine-day tour of Asia-Pacific region, including Singapore and Malaysia, is just like any business trip.
They work hard to make a very good impression, winning the hearts of the people with their genuine smiles, firm handshakes and listening ear.
Being in a relationship is a serious job. One should never stop working to get the affections of their loved ones. A generous dose of smiles can soothe a tired soul. A warm, loving hug can calm a terrified child. A sincere listening ear can solve a thousand relationship problems.
Just like William and Kate, we can win the love and respect of our spouses and children by taking our work as husband, wife or parent seriously, at all times.
EXPECT NO Preferential TREATMENT
As for work, do you know that Prince William still holds his day job as a rescue pilot? Yes, the documentary revealed that he had to go through rigorous training just like any pilot. He did not use his royal status to ask for an easier time on the job. He worked alongside his colleagues and what impressed me most was when he actually piloted a helicopter in a real sea rescue mission!
Now, how many of us want to be treated like royalty? It’s not wrong to expect the best treatment from our own family but doing so without giving something in return or completing our tasks would be inappropriate.
Love is a two-way process and every couple and family member should do his or her part before expecting to be treated like a king or a queen.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
As members of the English royalty, Kate and William have used their positions to make a difference via a number of charitable efforts or social causes that they support. They are known for their genuine interest in children with disabilities, poor underprivileged children as well as those who took part in the recent Paralympics Games. One feels that their sincerity is beyond making customary visits — it does look like they really care and want to make a difference in the lives of these special group of people.
We too can make a big difference in our family or society. Charity begins at home. We have endless opportunities to make a difference by showing care for the well-being of our spouse and children. We can also use our power positively to make a big difference to our neighbourhood, schools and society at large. We should be actively involved and do what we can to be part of the solutions, not add to the problems.
MADLY IN LOVE
Perhaps the most inspiring trait of the royal couple is their admiration and affection for one another. In short, they are the perfect picture of a couple in love. Older couples can take the cue to re-live their shared memories of when they started building a life together. Recall the moments when we didn’t want to be apart, not even for a second, and how we did crazy things just to show our appreciation of one another.
Love is the power that binds. Don’t take it for granted. Do anything to keep it fresh. We don’t have to be royalty to make a big difference to our loved ones.