Keynotes #10: Partnering Against The Problem

“Keynotes” are my brief comments about life and recovery and are intended to provide insight, inspiration, wisdom or humor to your day.

I had the opportunity to hear these simple yet profound words spoken by a wife who wanted to use her energy in her marriage effectively. She recognized that pushing, pulling, controlling or manipulating her husband into action to address their mutual problems wasn’t the solution.

Her solution, which I think will move her closer to the goals she’ll discuss with her husband was to partner with him against the real problems in their lives (which wasn’t each other). She came to this empowering conclusion when she recognized that her husband took a risk and vulnerably invited her to brainstorm with him and solve a recent problem he had. I think the two of them will cover a lot of terrain toward solving their problems with this enlightened, powerful and hopeful template they created for themselves.


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