I came home Friday evening feeling a little stressed. The week at work had not seen my best performance as a manager, and I wasn’t feeling so great about it. So since we don’t have a cat to kick…
When I walked into the house, I saw that Peter had made a purchase that replaced something similar that he had never used. So, of course, I am thinking, “Why not get it right the first time?” What’s more, he had bought it at a store where we get a 15% discount that he forgot to use. And it was expensive enough so the discount would have mattered.
Considering that we had just spent a small fortune to paint the outside of our house and that someone wrecked our car’s fender while it was parked yesterday without leaving a note, the added expense just hit me the wrong way. Let’s put it like this, I could have started the weekend in a friendlier way.
I proceeded directly to the basement to lift weights. There, I thought about how unnecessary and inappropriate my reaction was. The thing Peter bought is really important to get right, and I should have said, “What a good idea!” Compared to the painter’s bill and the expected cost of the car repair, the expense was practically nothing.
So when I finished my weights and came upstairs to find my wonderful husband making dinner, I asked him, “Can we rewind the tape?”