If you've been in a relationship for any amount of time at all, you know that there are things your significant other do that simply annoy you. It's not that he/she is trying to bother you--it's just the way they've always done it and don't think anything of it.
I'm trying to take a different perspective on it, though. Instead of getting frustrated that the dishwasher is RIGHT THERE and no farther than the sink that the dish was put in, I am looking at it as an opportunity.
No. I don't mean an opportunity to scold or gripe or throw a fit, although on a bad day I still sometimes give in to a little grumble. What I mean is, I'm looking at it as a way to serve my husband. He works hard all day long to earn the money our family needs to live on. Then, he comes to us, where there is usually chaos and noise and craziness along with the hugs and kisses to welcome him in. Not very relaxing.
If I can take his dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher, that's one thing he doesn't have to worry about. Then, he can spend a few more moments with the children or to sit and be still after being up on his feet most of the day. It's not that hard.
And, it means I appreciate it more when he remembers to do it himself, too, which means we're both earning brownie points throughout the week.
I am IN NO WAY perfect at this. I keep having to remind myself. But the more I remind myself, the more likely I am to be better at it in the future, right?
What's something your family does that bothers you? Is there another way you can look at it? Could it be a way for you to serve your spouse or children instead of simply something else on your to-do list? I'd love to hear any ideas you have for making life better in your houses, too.
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