A wife should spend less time talking and more time listening.
I hate seeing women talk and talk and talk and their husbands are completely disengaged. I used to think the men were just being rude, then it happened with my dad and I. I was complaining about some annoying friend for the 100th time and his eyes glazed over. At first I was mad, then I realized he has much better things to worry about than me whining about someone getting on my nerves.
I, of course, didn’t notice this right away, it was more like a week later. I saw him itching to tell my mom about his day, but her story went on forever! When have the tendency to turn 5 minutes into 50 very easily and poor men have to patiently wait for us to get to the point. Fortunately, her story ended and he was able to tell her about his day.
All this observation got me thinking about how men tease women all the time for talking so much. Wouldn’t it be greatif we took some time to listen to them rather than forcing them to listen to us? Sure, it’s easier said than done. But like all qualities, it’s going to take some practice. Therefore, this week I’m going to work on being quiet. I will not share the first thing that pops into my head, rather, I will think before I speak. Before Mom and Dad get home, I will plan my days highlights that I want to share. Most importantly, I will listen attentively when my family speaks, and respond appropriately. Short and sweet!
Wish me luck…next week is about being supportive!