Want to Ease Someone’s Pain? Tell One on Yourself!

My Weather Muffin really is one of the happiest people on the planet. And even HE gets frustrated/sad/disappointed from time to time.  Well today was one of those days.

His trolling motor died. Coughed, gasped, wheezed and keeled over. That's bad enough, but the fact that it is only about four months old, really krinkled his undies.  And I heard him as he wandered around the yard, griping, complaining and whining, oh my. So I took action.  

I was NOT going to tell him what I did (because I had warned him SO many times of doing the exact same thing), but I realized fairly quickly that if I DID tell him, it might make him feel better.  

I hid the object of my embarrassment behind my back and called him over.  

I said, "Honey, you know how I have always said never, ever, EVER wash anything in the washer that says "Dry Clean Only?"  

He replied blankly (still not quite getting it), "Yes."

And then I held it up. My gorgeous, expensive, favorite black sweater that I washed in the washer and was now too small to fit a two year old.  

He guffawed right out loud. In fact, he laughed so hard that tears rolled down his face. He exclaimed, "Where's the camera! I have to get this documented!!"  

And yes, I knew that I would never live it down and he could pull this one out any time he needed to remind me of when I violated my own rule, but it was totally worth it.  

And I then got to thinking about what a fabulous tool this really is! If you want to help someone get over (or at least be temporarily distracted from) something that is bothering them, then tell one on yourself! 

And I'll bet you've got some stored up, don't you?  

Motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, who promises to believe the labels from now on



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Gaffaw!  What a wonderful, caring wife you are to that man, Linda!  Part of who I am is very self-depreciating in the candor of my mistakes so I'm having a hard time picking one incident that can compare to your tiny sweater example.  I'll think on it, meanwhile, bravo for your caring nature!

  2. That's great, Linda. Sorry to hear your sweater has been shrunk to death. Thrilled you made him laugh hard by throwing yourself under the bus. You know I have plenty stored up!

  3. Great job Linda – always there to lend a helping hand with self-deprecating humor! I learned a long time ago from a dear friend and motivational speaker coach Lou Heckler, to not always be the hero of your stories.  Yup, vulnerability makes people relate to us more.  Thanks for sharing! 

  4. Funny funny funny. Unless you're the one that owns that sweater! This is perfect! And also a great example of how a story worked much better than advice! Sharing right now!

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