Excellence is not a trifle. Excellence is ascribed to those who dare to go beyond the comfortable to the achievable. Achievement is not dependent upon effort but potential. Potential is achieved by effort and perseverance. Excellence is realized by those who give their best. Ones best, has to be enough!
Spouse sounds like mouse. Spouse represents a person as they relate to another person. It regards their value in relationship to another. It speaks of position instead of personal worth. It reminds me of someone who is owned by another. It is generally used in terms of his, or her, (spouse). It also sounds a bit like house (property). It leaves the idea that half of the whole is missing. I believe in personal worth and dignity. This noun does not project either.
"Watch your thoughts, they become words,
Watch your words, they become actions,
Watch your actions, they become habits
Watch your habits, they become your character
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."