"Often one hears bandied about, the common assertions of being 'soul mates' with one's partner; the one they love. Being a soul mate, believe me, is far more than one could ever imagine. It implies love, trust, selflessness, shared interests, shared beliefs and common values, along with a depth of affection that leads you to hurt when you are apart and rejoice when you are united in presence once again. More importantly, it is something that can only be experienced between a cloned version of the loving couple and at its heart is 'courage.'
Being 'soul mates' decrees an extent of mutual commitment that is virtually impossible to achieve between any ordinary couple. In effect, it reflects a closeness of bond that is best seen when one compares the traditional English breakfast of bacon and egg at the marriage table of the farmer and his wife.
Imagine this farmyard couple of lovers striving to be 'soul mates' in all they do together.While it is easy to see that both hen and pig each make a valuable contribution to the pleasure of the breakfast eaten at the farmer's table, no one can possible doubt that when it comes to 'commitment,' although the hen's contribution was undoubtedly welcome, it lacked the extent of commitment to the union that the pig was prepared to make! Whereas the chicken was only prepared to offer a lesser part of themselves, the poor pig put his butt on the line!
So unless you are each prepared to 'put your butt on the line' for the one you love, you are not true 'soul mates,' merely two widely different contributors to the marital breakfast table!" William Forde: April 24th, 2015.