A Good Laugh

Successful Relating
Fulfillment through Connection and Community
Alice G. Vlietstra, Ph.D., Editor

October 2007

In This Issue:
1.  Welcome
2.  A Good Laugh
3.  The Hidden Secret 
4.  Announcements

1.  Welcome

Welcome friends.  Today, I would like to give you good laugh. It is a story I received from my colleagues, Judith and Jim. It won the prize for the worst first date on the Jay Leno Show. How can you capitalize on the positive on
that?  Here is a shortened version.  

2. A Good Laugh

A lady went on her first date with a fellow she had only recently met, skiing
in the mountains in Utah. It was extremely cold, so she warmed herself up with plenty of latte. At the end of the day, they were driving back down the mountain,
when the lady discovered she had to relieve herself.

They were at least a full hour from any sign of civilization, and there was no
gas station or restroom in sight.  Finally she convinced her new friend
that he would have to stop. She could not hold it any longer.

Her companion politely stood in front of the car to watch for oncoming cars. He
was most gentlemanly and was careful not to look. The slope was slippery so she stabilized herself by leaning against the fender. When she was done, while trying to recompose herself, she discovered that she had a new problem. Her buttocks were frozen to the fender.
Her date asked her, what was taking her so long, she answered saying she was "freezing her butt off" and needed some assistance. She tried to cover herself with her sweater, and, as she looked desperately into his eyes, he burst out laughing. As hysterical as the situation was, they realized that there was only one way to get her free.  He simply would have to "pee her off" (the fender).

The audience roared, and she won the prize, "pants down." Jay Leno’s comment…"This gives a whole new meaning to being pissed off.” Oh, and how did the first date turn out? The fellow became her husband, and he was sitting next to her at the show. For the full story go to www.smartdatingconnection.com

3. Turning the Negative Around

Now, how could such an embarrassing moment turn positive?  What was the hidden secret?  Can you discover it?  Apparently, they definitely had creativity, acceptance, humor, and a bit of persistence.  What would you say?  The woman
asked for help when she needed it.  Finding a solution together strengthened their bond. The point is, that with the right perspective almost every situation can be turned around. 

5. Announcements
If you could jump ahead a month and gain ten years of peace, health, and happiness, would you do it? Unfortunately, we cannot jump ahead. We can make breakthroughs.

On November 10, I will be giving a workshop, “The Hidden Secrets of Managing Stress.” I will give you the tools for managing eight core sources of stress so that you may discover experience more flow, joy, and meaning in your life.

Check it out at: www.creatingrelationshipsthatwork.com

Overcome your challenges,  join us in the upcoming workshop.

Have a Great Day,

Dr. Alice
Presented by Alice G. Vlietstra.

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