We’ve all heard that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. It’s a saying that refers to our tendency to pay attention to things that are not going so well. The grease is our attention. And while it can be good advice, it’s not always the way to go. Sometimes we pay too much attention to the squeaking at the expense of all the wheels and gears that are working well. It is often equally important to provide preventative maintenance on the smooth wheels to keep them from starting to squeak.
In a healthy marriage, there are plenty of squeaks. It is the smooth running wheels and gears that can counterbalance the squeaks, so we need to pay attention to those as well. The challenge is to determine which squeaks are deal-breakers and which are just annoying, but not destructive to the whole machine.
So, grease those squeaky wheels, but don’t forget to take care of those quiet wheels lest they become noisy.
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Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s has worked in the helping profession since he started college in 1990. After completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, Austin in 1994, he attended the highly-regarded University of Minnesota to earn his Master’s degree in 1997. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is recognized as a Board Approved Supervisor by the State of Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Jonathan is a Gottman-trained Couples Counselor, and in 1998 received training by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing. To learn more about Jonathan’s practice, click here: Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s.