Way Back Wednesday – A Theory Tested

(Originally posted October 12, 2014.)

Yesterday I talked about positive and negative marriage lists and how we tend to drag out one or the other when things get stressful.

I was talking mostly theory (I got the idea from Seth Godin), but today I had a real life experience that was pretty interesting.

While doing laundry I got aggravated over a mess in the basement.

A Theory Tested - Which list will you pull out?

Mentally I started to go into the litany of messes I have had to deal with over the years, but then I remembered Seth’s post and I stopped myself. I made a list of all the things my husband does that blesses me and listed all the ways my husband has grown and changed over the years.

There is still a mess in the basement, but my attitude is more gracious and cleaning up the mess feels far more doable (it’s not buried under a pile of fussiness and blame).

You go, Seth.

The thing is, at every juncture, during every crisis, in every moment of doubt, you have a choice. You will pull out one (virtual) list or the other. You’ll read and reread it, and rely on it to decide how to proceed. Up to you.  Seth Godin

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Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you build and turn toward a positive marriage list.

This Month’s Marriage Challenge: Look for ways to team up with your husband in plans, actions, and attitudes.

Michael Hyatt: 5 Reasons Why You Need to Get Better at Saying ‘No’ Say no to the less important so you can say yes to the truly important.

The XY Code: Send Your Husband Packing! He’ll come back a better man.

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