Six days until Wedding Day.
I’ve watched now for 30-plus years as Kelly organizes, strategizes and prioritizes many a task – big and small. If Kelly was president, for instance, this nastiness we’re involved in with Syria might not have happened. Same for Iraq, Afghanistan and all the coming domestic and international conflicts. She’d kick everyone who was posturing politically out of the room, find out who needs to communicate here, what the problems are, and who needs to do what.
“So, guys, Assad has got to go, right?”
“Come on, people, work with me.”
And right away she’d have lists, tasks and focus points for everyone, and with military-like precision, she’d accomplish either a peaceful resolution – “let’s find out why he’s such a bully and try some cognitive behavior therapy” – or a swift change in leadership, with all other Arab nations nodding in agreement and getting on with pumping our oil.
My bride is helping keep the Wedding Week schedule on schedule. Like I said, she’s about precision.
I, on the other hand, represent anti-precision. She suggests, “Let’s leave at 10,” and she’s ready to go out the door not later than 9:40. Me? I’m getting into the shower at 9:55.
So, for everyone who wonders who does all that behind-the-scenes stuff? Her name is Kelly Jackson, my princess.
Now back to the business of “How to Wreck Your Marriage.”
Wrecking ball No. 11 – Read between the lines. Fail to communicate. And imagine that every request, suggestion or effort to provide input to your life is a direct, unmistakable assault on your ability to think for yourself – and your very worth as a person.
That’s right. When you hear, “Hey, can you give me a hand with these dishes?”, you should automatically defend yourself with, “So, you think I don’t do enough around here? You think I’m lazy?”
Of course, that’s how we hear things because we’re used to speaking between the lines – you know, not really saying how we feel or what we want, but giving hints and clues, instead of just outright saying, “You know, I’m really not in the mood for Chinese tonight. I vote for pizza.”
Always assume that what your spouse says is only half of what he/she really thinks or wants to say. Yes, practice incomplete communication.
This is a good way to wreck your marriage, but usually before that happens you’ve gone loony, which is precisely what this form of communication causes.
Probably one of the greatest performances ever. George Michael and Elton John, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”