Unhappy Wife, Unhappy Life: Recognizing Triggers

(Reboot from December 2013)

Triggers: an Epiphany

I made a breakthrough realization yesterday.

I was getting annoyed with my wife.  She was acting out of sorts and of course I was just laying there in bed last night dwelling on it.  Then I realized, I was acting the same way she was.  Huffing and puffing and being antisocial.  So this is how I realized that she was having a bad day, by how frustrated I was getting.  There are few things I dislike more than my wife’s unhappiness.  I think I’ve always been defensive about it.  Now I’m sitting here, and I’m thinking back on all the times we get into arguments.  It usually starts with one of us being in a bad mood, and the other taking it personally.  ESPECIALLY ME.

What I wouldn’t give to be that husband who is always calming.  That husband who is the rock of the family.  His kids respect him, His wife depends on him and appreciates him; because he is constantly showing his appreciation for her.  We all know that perfect husband image: never gets mad, always puts the needs of his wife and kids before his own, breaks everything he tries to fix…

It comes down to this:  I am not perfect.  Sure, I knew that already.  Nobody is perfect, but a husband should be in the eyes of his wife, just as his wife should be perfect in his eyes.  This does not happen automatically.  It takes effort:  Effort to be a better person and to be willing to bear the load for the things you want done.  ALWAYS be willing to do it yourself.

Now take a step back:  If you are an adult with ADHD, how often do you take it upon yourself to make sure everything is as close to perfect as possible for your spouse?  How often to you get caught up in wishful thinking?  How often is that wishful thinking just depressing?  I want to try to focus more on making things better for my family and focus less on wishful thinking.  Wish me luck.

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