Tuesday, November 30, 2010

52 First Dates: Week Twenty-Five

So how did last week go?  Did you share the appreciation love?  Isn't it interesting that even when you're completely frustrated with each other, you can still find good your spouse?  It just takes some keen observation.  The negative is so easy to spot.  It's the positive that takes practice.

I've been practicing this in my own marriage recently.  Whenever I notice frustrations creeping in, I take a moment to remember and be thankful for the things that my husband does do.  Then if I have something I need to discuss with him, I can come into the conversation with a better attitude and a stronger resolve to work through the situation constructively.

What about you?  Did you learn anything from this week?

Are you ready for next week's challenge?

Engage in a family Christmas tradition.  This time of year is so hectic with the hustle and bustle of the season.  So this week, you're going to do something as a family.  Is there a favorite Christmas tradition that you like to engage in with your children?

To put a twist on this one, really try to engage with a childlike spirit and enthusiasm.  View the activity from your child's point of view.  Or if you don't have kids, embrace the activity with the same excitement that you did when you were a child.  Christmas is such a time of wonder that can be forgotten from our adult perspective.  Really embrace the moment.

Take some time afterwards to evaluate the activity with your spouse afterwards.  What was a favorite moment from the evening?  How did it make you feel?  Did it bring to life a sense of wonder and excitement for celebrating Christmas?

Let us know how it's going.  What are you discovering about yourself and your spouse through dating each other?

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