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Thursday, February 25, 2010
My company is pretty aggressive about patenting its inventions and sees intellectual property as a competitive advantage. As the inventor in several of our company’s patents I’ve had a fair amount of exposure to the process. There’s a legal term in the patent process called “reduction to practice.” Basically the idea is that if you don’t eventually do something with the patent, actually make something that proves out the idea, then the patent isn’t really valid. Now that’s not a legal interpretation of the term, but you get the idea.

Most of what I’ve written here leans toward the cerebral. I readily admit that. I’ve mostly posted about the underlying mindset, the reasoning and a little of the theology behind the Bridal Paradigm. I feel pretty strongly that having the right mindset is more than half the battle in the transformation of your marriage. To this point, however, it’s kind of been like having a patent without any reduction to practice. Great ideas, maybe, but do they really work?

All this talk of paradigms and mindsets, as important as these things are, at some point must get reduced to practice. Maybe you’ve read some of what I’ve written, maybe some of it makes sense, at least in theory, but you are left with a nagging question.

“So what do I DO?”

Toward the goal of answering that question, I’ve decided to initiate a regular feature here that I will call “Paradigm in Practice.” The idea is to give you and your spouse some specific and practical suggestions of things you can do to begin or continue your Journey to Surrender. Also in this series will be some specific examples of how the Bridal Paradigm has been worked out in my own marriage, both the good and, yes, even the not so good.

So watch this space in the coming days for the first of the “Paradigm in Practice” series. It should be fun!


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