The more frequently we remember to take a positive approach, the greater the chances of reducing stress, building trust, avoiding conflicts, and increasing satisfaction and contentment. Creative thinking, however, may be called for in order to achieve these benefits.
This was the case with the two boys and the husband who invariably left their soiled clothes on the floor rather than putting them in the hamper. The sight of the dropped clothes so bothered the wife and mother that she indiscriminately scolded all members of the family. She then asked herself, “How can I turn this into a positive situation for me, as well as for them?” She came up with an idea.
She told her family that whenever she found clothes on the floor, she would pick them up but the culprit owed her a two-minute back rub, collectable whenever she wanted it and done lovingly. The result not only freed the air of a lot of negativism, but she received a number of loving back rubs, which her children and husband learned to give with tender devotion. And, much to her delight, fewer clothes were left on the floor, and then eventually, none at all.
Often, a little creativity goes a long way.