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Email of the Day: I’ve Learned To Look At Problems From A Different Perspective

By Dr. Laura on June, 23 2022
Email of the Day: I’ve Learned To Look At Problems From A Different Perspective

My husband and I talked about how we really needed to clean out our refrigerator. Prior to our marriage, I had “bachelorette” kitchen habits, meaning that kitchen cleaning was not on my priority list. My husband is a serious cook and baker, so getting the kitchen in shape is a mutual goal.

 

We finally agreed to tackle it together. I dug out all my cleaning supplies and planned to pull all the food out of the refrigerator, taking out the trays and drawers to wash with hot soapy water, and then spraying down the inside of the fridge with cleaning product. I left the room to get my supplies, and when I returned, my husband was standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open, eating from a bowl of leftovers. I said “what in the world are you doing?” And he said, “I’m cleaning out the refrigerator by getting rid of some of these leftovers!”

 

After a momentary surge of annoyance, I started to laugh and said “Well, honey, I guess you have a point. Maybe that’s a logical place to start!”

 

Whenever we have communication problems, it’s often along the same lines – we approach things from completely different perspectives. Now when we have these glitches, I call to mind the image of him “eating” the refrigerator clean, and it softens up my “I know how to get things done around here” attitude.

 

Ann

I’ve Learned To Look At Problems From A Different Perspective

 

 

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