This morning as I was driving to work I got a phone call from my wife asking where a check was we had received in the mail late last week. I offered a couple places for her to look but to no avail. She asked me if I had thrown it away and of course I didn’t think that I did because why would I throw something away that was important on purpose?
Of course this morning was trash day as well and she was fortunate enough to be able to go back out and dig through the trash. The good news is that she was able to find the check so it’s smiles all around, but I did readily admit that I was wrong and probably threw the check away in the first place by being careless and not inspecting it.
My wife was very upset at me, and not because I accidentally threw away the check; accidents do happen. It’s because I was careless. If I had taken the time to look through each item I would have noticed the check and separated it out accordingly.
I was mad at myself when she told me that she had found the check in the trash, but I immediately apologized and told her that I would never do it on purpose which she understood. I have always been one who would rather extend the olive branch of apology and peace instead of being an obstinate man and keep up the useless fighting. In most cases in a relationship it doesn’t matter who is wrong or right the incident happened let’s apologize and make it work.
There is nothing to be gained in a relationship by holding a grudge or trying to be the one who is more right despite what we may all joke about no one is always right everyone makes mistakes. The key to making long term relationships work is learning from your mistakes and trying to better yourself as to not make the same one again. It will not be the last time I admit that I was wrong.
I want each of you to try extending the olive branch the next time you and your significant other have a disagreement. Say that you’re sorry first even if it wasn’t your fault and discuss ways to prevent the same thing from happening again.
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The key to making long term relationships work is learning from your mistakes and trying to better yourself as to not make the same one again.