- How does your spouse feel about the way you speak and act around them?
- How does your behavior affect your spouse's sense of worth and self-esteem?
- Would your spouse say you're a blessing or that you're condescending and embarrassing?
- Guard the Golden Rule. Treat your spouse the same way you want to be treated. (see Luke 6:31)
- No double standards. Be as considerate to your spouse as you are to strangers and coworkers.
- Honor requests. Consider what your spouse already asked you to do or not to do. If in doubt, then ask.
We have been married for ten years. We have seen each other through some tough times personally and together. We have had a few sleepless nights, we have had many tears shared and even more laughs. We are so tangled up in each other even when we once separated we were still together.
I don't need a list from my hubby pointing out my flaws, I know what I have to do in my marriage and he knows what he has to do. We really do not need to send each other a list at this time to know if we are honoring each other or if we are fulfilling the others sense of worth. We know each other. We know how we tick. We know how to love each other. We know how to hurt each other. We just need to make the choice in our own minds to move forward and start practicing more kindness towards each other. By being able to be positive and focus on the positive rather than the negative I think this honors our marriage and each other better than sending each other a list of flaws.
I am going to honor the Golden Rule, I am not going to point out his flaws-he knows what they are and he does not need me to remind him. I will not have double standards with him. I will go out of my way to treat him better than I treat others and continue to show the honor I have with him by not doing the things that would dishonor him. I will honor his requests and continue to remind myself of the things that I need to work on in my marriage so that he feels secure, honored and respected.
Every hour on the hour, I checked my text messages. Then my e-mail. Then, God forbid, by Facebook wall. Nothing. Nothing to improve on. No flaws. No wish list. No things that irritate her.
I knew I was perfect. All I needed was her validation. I waited 10 years, and today...finally...I got it.
Then I read her blog.
Apparently I am NOT quite perfect, but there is no point in pointing out my imperfections, as it is obvious to her and me, so I read.
Seems brazen of my wife to suggest such witchcraft. Is this one of those reverse psychology things? I googled it....apparently it is not.
But, as usual, she is right. I have known her for a long time. She has known me for a long time. I know what sets her off. She knows what bothers me. Why point it out? We are both working on it.
The funny thing is, I KNEW this was what she was going to suggest--that we not partake in this exercise, and rather just recommit to continuing to improve. Sometimes, you have to break the rules. While I have tried to convince my wife that this applies to marriage (breaking a few rules), in this instance I think I am finally right...today's rules needed to be broken.
I will say this: I was perfect, if only for a few hours.