A few months back, you may recall that I noticed criticism was hurting my marriage. So I challenged myself, Cecily, and all of you to stop criticizing your spouse, if only for a weekend. Around here, we've found the "criticism-free zone" to be a great success.
So, what other corrosive forces attack intimacy? The second one I've identified (for me, anyway) is "complaint." It's no secret that I'm a complainer. My family motto in Gaelic translates roughly to "Bitch Bitch Bitch." And my constant complaining is a stressor in my relationship. But complaint is so ingrained in my personality, I fear it will be tough to remove. So, JUST FOR TODAY, I'm going to try to refrain from complaint. Because if there's one thing I've learned from sobriety, it's that a person can endure for a single day what would seem impossible for a lifetime.
So, today, I will try not to complain to my spouse. And as always, I challenge any of you who are willing to join me.