Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

What Did You Say?

“There is a story about an older man who made an appointment with his doctor for a physical.   He went into the doctor’s office and sat down, but then confided that he didn’t really need a checkup.   Rather, he was a little concerned about his wife’s hearing.   She was a little defensive about getting older and he didn’t want to upset her by bringing up the possibility that she was losing her hearing. 

He asked his doctor what he could do to determine how bad her hearing was, short of bringing her in for tests.  The doctor suggested that he go home and, while his wife was in the kitchen, he should go to the back of the house and start calling her name.   If she didn’t respond, he was to move forward and keep calling her name until she did respond.   Then he could estimate the distance and report it to the doctor.

He went home and found his wife cooking dinner in the kitchen.   He quickly went to the back of the house and called her name.   No response.   He moved forward into the living room and called again.  Nothing.   He went to the dining room and called.   Still no response.

Finally, he opened the kitchen door and called her one last time in desperation.   She turned around in frustration and said, “What do you want?   I have already answered you three times!”        (Unknown Author)


While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife Grace listened to the instructor, “It is essential that husbands and wives know each other’s likes and dislikes.”   He addressed the man, “Can you name your wife’s favorite flower?”   Tom leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “It’s Pillsbury, isn’t it?       (Unknown)


“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient.  It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”      (Winnie the Pooh)

Be sure to show interest in what people are saying, listen to them as opposed to hearing them and show them the respect they deserve.               ~  GMUniverse

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