THE DEAF WIFE AND THE CONCERNED HUSBAND

A man feared that his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family doctor to discuss the problem. The doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.

“Here’s what you do,” said the doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He said to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.” Then in a normal tone he asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” No response.

So the husband moved closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still no response.

Next he moves into the dining room where he was about 20 feet from his wife and asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again he gets no response.

So, he walked up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again there is no response.

So he walked right up behind her. “Honey, what’s for dinner?” 

“Ralph, for the fifth time I’ve said, chicken!”

 Source: As told in Cathy L. Wray, The Perfect Blend Devotional
(WestBow Press, 2014) pages 147-148

CONSIDER THIS

The problem may not be with the other one as we always think. It could be very much within us. We sometimes tend to look to heal in others problems or issues that are actually ours.

CONVERSATION

Joe is walking down a darkened alley, when suddenly a man jumps out, brandishing a pistol.

“Don’t shoot,” Joe pleads, “I’ll give you all my money.”

“I don’t want your money,” says the man with the gun. “My whole life I’ve been trying to get someone to sit down and talk with me. Now I’m going to make you listen for one hour.”

Source | www.aish.com

CONSIDER THIS

God Speaks to us all a little differently, hoping we’ll tell each other. | John Stewart

With all the “smart” technology we own and run around with,  it seems that people today are busier than ever, with hardly any time left for honest conversation.  Are you listening to their unique part of the story?  Are you telling your unique part of the story?


HOW NOT TO COMMUNICATE

A man who wanted to work on his communication skills with his wife, someone he loved dearly and whom he didn’t want to lose, went to the bookstore and purchased a couple of books on communication.  He read them and a few other ebooks he downloaded free  from the internet. He then handed all of them to his wife and said, “Here. Read these. I’m not going to talk to you until you do.”

Source | unknown

PONDER AND CONSIDER

A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.

WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS

A couple were going on vacation but his wife was on a business trip.

The husband went ahead to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day.

When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.

Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before.

When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.

At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:

Dearest Wife,

Just got checked in.  Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

P.S. Sure is hot down here!

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Miscommunication, conscious or unconscious, intended or unintended, can in fact shift the whole tenor of a conversation and deform what could have been a vacation with a taste of paradise into a dreaded visit that tastes and feels like hell!