From Vent to Victory…

So I could go on and on about all the things my husband does well (he’s pretty awesome!), but one thing he struggles with is listening to me vent. He either: a) tries to finish my sentences or b) tries to figure out a solution before giving me sufficient enough time to complain. Ugh – the nerve!

Often, when I bring up something that’s bothering me, he’ll twist it around with one of his favorite sayings: well, isn’t that a nice problem to have? [Major eye roll inserted here.] Well, I hate to admit it, but his annoyingly positive outlook on my problems is starting to rub off on me, and I’ve started a personal challenge of trying to find some good amongst the bad.

Here are a couple of examples from last month:

Vent: Our AC unit went out – during the summer! In Texas!
Positive: I am grateful to have an AC unit (especially in the summer, especially in Texas), even if it was not functional during a crucial time in the summer!
Victory: The repairman was able to fix the problem in under 15 minutes and when I went to get my wallet, he said: “Nope, you’re covered under warranty.” What??? It never works like that!

Vent: Trying to manage carpool with four kids. (No further explanation needed!)
Positive: I am thankful to be the one who has to figure out all of the logistical challenges that my four kids require. This is what I signed up for, and I honestly wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Victory: A couple of weeks into school, we tried the “late carpool” that my big kids’ school offers, and I think I’m in love. I pick them up just 15 minutes later than last year and there is NO waiting in line (before, my toddler and I would have to arrive more than 30 minutes early to be near the front of the line – and waiting in line with a 1 year old can be rough, no further explanation needed!). Bonus: my first grader gets to watch a movie with his buddies while he waits (hello, built-in play date!) and my third grader has time to finish his homework (good-bye afterschool tears!). This may be the greatest discovery of my year.

While I realize that not every problem has a clear positive, I have found it a bit calming to try and pull a little bit of good out of a seemingly negative situation when all I want to do is complain! I guess my husband’s little quirk isn’t so awful after all…

Anybody else have a vent turned victory to share? If so, check out our VENT section right here!

Being a busy mom means there’s always something to vent about, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!!!

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