In the first post in the towards a better marriage series, it was acknowledged that problems do arise in marriages. But it was also stated that your spouse is not the problem and so he/she should not be seen as one.Continue reading
As much as possible, you should endeavor to maintain a good communication flow with your better half. That means you have to promptly take care of anything trying to impede appropriate communications with your spouse.
Failure to do so may later lead to sad moments or other unpleasant consequences which you would not like.
That was the kind of unpleasant situation I recently found myself in. I had this general feeling of discontentment come over me as a result of some unexpected negative outcomes in some of the affairs of my life.
I would admit that I didn’t manage the feeling of dissatisfaction as best as I could I have done. As a result, my wife was feeling hurt in a way that I did not realise until she graciously brought it to my attention.
As I got into discussing the ‘issues’ with her, some things about communication in marriage became clearer to me in a way they had never been before. I gave a vivid description of what happened in the post, “Is your feeling of unhappiness hurting your attractive spouse?”
Did I learn anything good from the experience? Sure, I did! And that’s why I am writing this post.
Here are 4 super lessons I learnt from the brief moment of reflection over the said experience:
1. In a thorny situation, your spouse is not the thorn
Just like in any other relationships, you may sometimes have to encounter thorny issues in your marriage. But it doesn’t mean your spouse is the thorn personified.
This seems obvious but it has to be said that your spouse is not a problem to you; neither are you a problem to him/her.
You are partners in progress; helpers of each other’s destinies. Any thought that deviates from this is a distorted view that should not be allowed to fester.
2. If your spouse wears an unusual outlook, you as the other half should show persistent care to find out what the problem is
Let’s face it: as much as you or your spouse would want to maintain a smiling face all the time, this may not always be possible. Therefore, if you see your spouse put on an ‘unusual’ look, it is not safe for you to assume that all is well or that he/she knows what he/she is doing at that point in time.
What you should do is to seek in love to know what’s up with him/her. That way you would be able to save the situation from further deterioration.
As a good spouse that you are, you should not be happy that your partner is unhappy. Giving a listening ear or having a discussion in love with your seemingly unhappy partner can often bring a soothing relief to his/her frayed nerves.
3. If your spouse slows down in communicating with you, that’s not the time for you to withdraw from him/her
Various situations could arise in your marital relationship that may want to force a communication gap between you and your spouse. But don’t allow for a breakdown in communication between you both.
If communication fails, many other things may fail along. But this can be prevented if properly handled.
Many of the frustrations you may have experienced with your spouse may have resulted from inadequate or negative communication. Inadequate communications give room for suspicion or threat, which may in turn, give rise to a feeling of insecurity in the aggrieved partner.
On the other hand, negative communications breed resentment. And resentment blocks healthy fellowship.
Also, learn not to apply the silent treatment. It does not make things work out well in the long run.
4. Be strong for your spouse by whispering to him/her that you are there for him/her
Your spouse needs you to stand strong for him/her in the moments of weakness. Two good people, they say, are better than one. That’s why you are a couple in the first place.
You are better together. If one person falls, the other should be there to help him/her rise. If your spouse shows signs of emotional weakness, you should be a source of strength to him/her.
When your spouse goes negative, be strong for him/her by staying positive until the murky atmosphere clears. This way, you will prevent a bad situation from going worse.
Healthy communication is a very important way of sustaining a healthy marriage. You should talk with your spouse when there is something to talk about and even when there is nothing to talk about. Never apply the silent treatment because it will always backfire.
Thank you for reading my thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment.
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