Carmen writes the blog,Life Blessons, which provides an intimate look into her life as a twentysomething woman as she details her experiences learning how to live out her faith, enjoy the simple things in life and be the woman God created to her to be. Along the way, she shares the blessings and lessons that are a part of this journey, the things she likes to call her “blessons.” Feel free to read more at her blog, Life Blessons.
I used to have a friend who would carry a granola bar in her purse. Just in case her boyfriend got hungry. Because when he got hungry, he also got cranky.
She realized this cause-and-effect situation and was smart to realize how easy it was to avoid, simply by carrying a treat with her. This is certainly not a bad idea if your significant other operates in the same way.
But for me? I carry the granola bar because I’m the one who gets cranky when I’m hungry.
There are lots of things in life that can set us off, so to speak. Things—like being hungry—that can make us crankier, meaner, snarkier than normal. For me, I’ve realized that things get ugly when I’m hungry, tired or rushed. (Don’t even think about what it’s like when I’m facing all three at once!)
This really doesn’t have much to do with marriage until you go back to that whole “becoming one” vow that we took and realize that when these kinds of situations come up, it’s our spouses who are affected most by them. They’re the ones who have to deal with our cranky, mean, snarky selves. They’re the ones who have to deal with these situations that we can take steps to avoid.
If we take a moment to figure out what it is that sets us off, we can stop the situations before they escalate into a Jekyl-and-Hyde-like transformation. So, I know to bring a snack along with me if I’m going to be away from home for awhile. I know that when it’s getting late, I need to tell my husband it’s time for us to leave. (Remember, we have to tell him; he doesn’t have a script!) And I know that if we need to go somewhere, it’s my responsibility to start getting ready with ample time so that I don’t feel rushed.
By being aware of the things that make me cranky, I can be proactive about avoiding those situations in the first place. But even when they do crop up, and I find myself without a granola bar in my purse, I can recognize that the problem is not my husband (even if he is doing something annoying) but it actually has more to do with the fact that I haven’t ate, or I’m sleepy, or I’m fill in the blank.
So, I carry a granola bar in my purse. Which surprisingly makes not only for a happy spouse but also a happy marriage.
What is it that makes you cranky? What do you do to be proactive to avoid those cranky/snarky moments?