Cancel your plans for her.

It seems that as men, one of the hardest things for us to overcome is our own selfishness. I have some theories as to why we are so selfish by nature but they are in fact theories and nothing more. As men, we are by definition, grown up little boys. As little boys and young men, everyone gets to tell us what to do. Our parents, our teachers, our bosses and many other authority figures.

As we become adults, our first opportunities to exercise our  independence is to be able to do some of the things we want to do. As we gain additional freedom, we do more and more of what we choose. But time passes and we begin to take on responsibilities that limit how much of the time we can spend doing those things we want to do.

For many of us, as we get married, have kids, start careers, and take on all the responsibilities of adulthood, we can become overwhelmed. This brings back those same feelings we had as children and draws us back towards our selfish nature. This selfishness is our way to exert some control.

Unfortunately, there are very few places in our new lives that will allow us any real opportunities to coddle our selfish nature. Our careers are typically somewhat controlled by other parties.  And our kids are so dependant on us that we have little say but to keep up our responsibility to them lest we be classified a bad parent.

But not so our relationship with our wife. Not only is this the easiest relationship to let slide, we often will find our wives doing the same thing giving us unspoken justification. Additionally, we can always count on our buddies to support us in our decisions to go out for a beer after work, catch a couple of games on the tube, and play a round or two of golf. All in the same week.

That being said, this is obviously the area we have to be most aware of. Again, I want to make it really clear, it is not required that you abstain from all personal activities and time with your friends. It is only required that you balance your life and keep your priorities straight.

One of the best opportunities to show your wife how much you love her is to cancel something you have planned for the benefit of doing something that is important to her. I suggest you do this right after she tell you she wants to do something, and you tell her you forgot to mention some plans you had made. Before she has the opportunity to question you about why you failed to mention these plans, tell her you would rather go and do what she wants to do. Immediately make the calls to whomever it is necessary you call to cancel your plans. And then tell her how much you love her. You will have averted the catastrophe you might have caused by forgetting to tell her what you were doing and more importantly, you will have demonstrated your love for her and your lack of selfishness.


8 Responses to Cancel your plans for her.

  1. Andrea says:

    I’m printing this out and hanging it up on our fridge.

  2. Ken Kendall says:

    Thank you for reading the posts. I really appreciate it.

  3. Doraz says:

    You are a smart man and you will stay married for a looong time! Great insight! I have been married 25 years, this November. It is not easy, but nothing worthwhile is in life…right? Great blog. Keep it real. Thanks for stopping by LaughwithDoraz. My other blog I believe you will like. Thanks for your support! Appreciate it!

    • Ken Kendall says:

      Thank you so much Doraz. I hoped you would check it out. I have to say that I am blessed to have an incredible wife that makes it so easy. I look forward to everyday with her.

      I will be checking out your other blog as well.

      Thanks again,

  4. Travis says:

    This actually shows your wife, how much your willing to give up for her. But don’t fake it, only do this when the opportunity arises, and truly become excited for your wife and being with her.

    She will see through your fakeness. So truly and honestly adore her and remind her that you really do love her and will do anything for her.

    • Ken Kendall says:

      So true Travis. There is no value in doing anything like this in any way other than total authenticity. Even doing something nice, if done deceitfully will bring separation to your relationship.

  5. mmkeekah says:

    Women should take heed of this as well. Men are not the only selfish creatures in this world. My week is packed with stuff I have to do every day… sometimes my boyfriend would appreciate it if I took some time during the week just for him.

    Thanks for the reminder! Great blog… thanks for visiting mine…

    • Ken Kendall says:

      I have to agree. I love spending time with Janine. Even if we just hand out together. She can be just as busy as I am and we both have to work on this together.

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