Many years ago, I had a boyfriend who, although nice, I wasn’t sure we were clicking. I second-guessed myself by thinking I just needed to give the relationship more time and things would eventually work themselves out. Right?
One day I was in the bathroom putting on some makeup. One of my cats pushed open the door a crack and entered. She leaned up against my leg and started meowing a friendly greeting to me.
“Oh, hi friend,” I cooed. “What a pretty kitty.” I stopped what I was doing to give her a quick little rub on her ears.
A few minutes later, my boyfriend barged into the bathroom to get something he needed.
I was livid. “Could you please wait until I’m done?” I snapped in a clearly exasperated voice. Geesh.
It was at the very moment I knew – if I was more patient with my cat than I was with my boyfriend that things were not going to work out.
I broke up with him soon after that realization.
Lesson learned – pay attention to your actions. If what you do does not match what you feel, then you’ve got a problem.
Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com
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