The Naked Truth Behind Conflict Resolution

27 Jun

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. We were both a little in awe–at the fact that it had been 14 years AND the fact that we were still happily married!

It also brought to mind one of the funniest experiences we ever had together–that would be our Catholic Engagement Encounter weekend back in Boise, ID.

couple huggingDuring that weekend, we received the usual lectures–how to talk with each other about money, children, sex, etc. But, the lecture on conflict resolution had quite the twist! Imagine several young, engaged couples sitting around listening intently to a priest (yes, a priest) give the following advice: (Not an exact quote, but close enough) “when you get in an argument, I recommend you…get naked!” He explained that it’s very hard to stay mad at someone when they’re naked. (He’s right, by the way).

You could almost feel the shock (and subsequent silence) that spread through the room at that exact moment. Then, the laughter.

I like to believe most of us dutiful Catholics tried it–I know we did. And, wouldn’t you know it? It works!

Now, I’m not recommending that method for ALL arguments, especially amongst acquaintences, but it brings up a larger point: levity in conflict resolution is key. Unless you are resolving world hunger, there are few conflicts so serious that they cannot handle some laughter, levity, and humor.

So, there it is–the naked truth behind our marriage!


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