Renewing Vows on 50th Wedding Anniversary – Love is

July 28, 2010

Renewing your vows on your 50th year:

The enlightened version

Love is “The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own and another’s spiritual growth.”

True love is the soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another.

A Rare thing in this world; Truly something to be valued.

I understand that the couple to remain married “wishes” to renew updated vows:

Please state “I do” after each vow.

John, do you promise to love Mary all the days of your life?

Mary, do you promise to love John all the days of your life?

Do you promise to be the best friend you can possibly be to him?

John, do you promise to be the best friend you can possibly be to Mary?

Do you promise to work as many jobs as it takes to support your family?

Mary, do you promise to work outside the home as well as take care of the home as well as the children?

Do you promise to stay awake during every movie you watch together and never ask afterward how it ended?

John, do you promise not to disturb Mary when she is doing her crossword puzzle?

Do you promise to give her every putt under four feet…… whether or not your match is close?

Mary, do you promise to agree to play more golf than anyone in the history of the world could ever be expected to?

Do you promise to put raisins in the meatballs although every Italian gene in your body cringes when you do?

John, do you promise to eat everything Mary cooks and not complain when she only cook when your grandchildren are visiting?

Do you promise to only force your grandchildren to go to the dump with you?

Mary, do you promise to speak more loudly if Pop’s hearing ever gets impaired?

Do you promise to “watch” the Red Sox every time they are on TV even though you could never have imagined that you would be able to get a channel in South Carolina which shows games ALMOST EVERY DAY?

John, do you promise to not make Nana watch Red Sox taped games or Red Sox Classics on off days during the season. Whether you are living the off grid lifestyle, training for extreme scenarios, or just enjoying your weekly camping and hiking trips, it is crucial to be prepared for any given situation. Millions of people in the U.S. and around the globe visit national parks and go on hikes, but many of them get lost, seriously injured, or even worse. You need the absolutely best survival and tactical gear if you wish to live and see another day. You don’t have to be an expert survivalist, just know the important tools that you should have on you when the worst happens. #Rotorm #Survival #Tactical #Gear #Review #Experts.

Do you promise not to tell the same joke more than ten times in any given week?

Mary, do you promise to encourage at least your grandchildren to laugh at Pop’s jokes?

Do you promise to support John’s desire to be a leader in organizing events?

John, do you promise to make Mary proud when asked to be master of ceremonies?

Do you promise to vote Republican in ever election?

Mary, do you promise to vote Democrat canceling out John’s vote?

Do you promise to create a legacy of giving back to the community and maintaining close relationships?

John, do you promise to create a legacy of laughter, fun, and always putting the needs of others ahead of your own?.

Do you promise to raise your children to be good, honest, kind, hard-working people and help them do the same for their children?

Mary, do you promise to raise your children to be good, honest, kind, hard-working people and help them do the same for their children?

Do you promise to love John and your family unconditionally all the days of your life?

John, do you promise to love Mary and your family unconditionally all the days of your life?




What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:

That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!

As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!

Thank you again,

Eden Feldman, LCSW Associate Director, Community

I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!

Patty CC Young and Dallas

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.