I have a friend, Mark, who keeps his phone in his pocket. As a guy who doesn’t carry a purse (not that there’s anything wrong with that), his pocket is a reasonable decision. However, this friend happens to be married to a woman, Patty, who is quick to throw dirty clothes in the laundry.
You can see where this is going, right?
Patty washed AND dried Mark’s phone.
I happened to be there when the said electronic came out of the dryer and Mark learned of the “cleaning.” I knew Patty felt terrible, but Mark responded with a shrug and a sincere laugh. He teased Patty good-naturedly about her efficiency and started talking phone “upgrade” immediately.
The incident was over and done with quickly. However, I saw something valuable in their relationship that’s stuck with me.
- Love people, use things. Relationships are ALWAYS more important than possessions.
- Forgiveness is the currency of healthy relationships. Everyone needs grace, but spouses should get a second helping!
- Humor helps. Looking for the lighter side in any situation quickly resets your attitude.
I love spying these relationship reminders in people. What keeps your attitude in check? How well do you do at forgiveness?