The Story of the Defensive Husband | Candice Toone Coaching

The Story of the Defensive Husband


“Stop being defensive just because I’m judging you.”

A while back, I said those exact words to my husband.

I WAS judging him. Then I saw him getting defensive and realized what I was doing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So I made a joke. He paused. Squinted. We laughed. And moved on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But even if I hadn’t made it funny, my husband still had the option to not be offended. To steer clear of defensiveness. So wild, right? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Wild, but true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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David A. Bednar agrees with me. He said, “it ultimately is impossible for another person to offend you or to offend me. Indeed, believing that another person offended us is fundamentally false. To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That’s right, Bees. Offended is a choice you make. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Or not. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I suggest not. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Offended rarely turns out well. Amused is much more fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you’re not convinced, allow me to appeal to your pride instead. Bednar also said, “To believe that someone or something can make us feel offended, angry, hurt, or bitter diminishes our moral agency and transforms us into objects to be acted upon. As agents, however, you and I have the power to act and to choose how we will respond to an offensive or hurtful situation.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Hang on to your moral agency, Bee. No need to diminish yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Even when husband comments on the dinner or the laundry pile or your fashion choices or your friends. You never have to agree with him. You can think it’s confusing or even cute that he understands so little about how amazing you are. You can trust that he knows it deep down and will remember again soon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You’re patient. You can wait for him to catch up with how cool you are. And you’re happy to love him while you wait. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Cuz that’s the kind of wife you are. Lucky him.

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I’m Candice.

I believe that every wife ought to feel cherished and valued. Appreciated and adored. I know we can make that happen. Even if it seems impossible to you. I’m a Master Certified Life Coach and I spend my days coaching women who are afraid in their marriages. You and I can work together to find a way for you to trust in your own decisions instead of constantly reacting to his. Now’s your time, Bee. How much longer are you willing to wonder and wait?

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