An athletic, highly competitive friend of mine was having trouble with her new mother-in-law. Their conflicts usually resulted in hurt feelings on my friend’s side, which she was prone to nursing long after the encounter.
The young woman was surprised one day when her father-in-law pulled her aside to talk.
The man confessed that he personally knew just how challenging his wife could be to deal with–and that he certainly understood the the bride’s frustration.
He then told his daughter-in-law that the key to happiness may lie in learning how not to keep score.
From that day forward, the new bride did her best to take her father-in-law’s advice to heart in dealing with all her family members. She did it not to “give in” to the mother-in-law but rather to pursue her own “happy ever after.”
I always thought that was a great story. Would love to hear what you think here or over on Facebook.