Every action has an equal
and opposite reaction
Sir Issac Newton
My husband and I threw a beautiful party. A lot of friend came
by. Everyone enjoyed and had a good time all evening. My husband
and I had a great time as well. All the guests left and we start
cleaning up. My husband offered to help me with the dishes. We
were still in our party clothes. I was washing a big pot; the
sink was full of dirty soapy water. All of a sudden, SPLASH. I
dropped the pot and all this soapy, dirty water went all over
my beautiful, expensive suit and also my husband’s all wool
Pashmina suit. Now what? My action was splashing the water; can
you guess my husbands reaction….?
Is the reaction going to depend on the action or will it depend
on his mood and what he perceives the action to be….?
He is in a good mood
He offers to finish the cleaning and sends me off to change and
clean myself up
He is tired and wants to get things done and go to sleep
He just walks off to get cleaned up and suggest I do the same.
He suggests we leave the cleaning till later
He is upset with some of the guests who spilled food on the white
He does not blame me but can’t believe more mess and wants
to clean up and walks off
He has had a little too much to drink and sleepy
Yells something not too nice not directed at anyone asks me to
be careful and says he is off to bed and leaves.
He is calm person and things don’t upset him easily
Asks me to be careful, hands me a towel to clean up, uses another
towel to dry him and gets back to work
He is an angry man with a short fuse
Yells at me, yells at the night, the guests and an unnecessary
party, tries to brush the water off himself, points to me for
messing up my clothes, why I didn’t change before doing
dishes and goes off to change and go to sleep.
He is a romantic by nature
He laughs, asks me to not be upset at myself, helps me clean
up, tries to wipe water of my face and clothes, kisses me, tells
me I still look beautiful, makes me smile. The cleaning is left
for the next morning and we go off together to change and to a
beautiful ending to a beautiful evening. More smiles and happy
So, are reactions always equal and opposite to actions
or to the perception of that action??