Have you ever wanted to do something but your spouse said no?
In my thread on having lunch with an ex-Delta Force, one person mentioned that he wanted to join but his wife said no.
Marriage tends to do that. My ex-wife was of the mindset that you get a lowly, no responsibility job, work 8-5, don't excel and just trudge through life. On the other hand, I am an entrepreneur type, always thinking outside the box, take tons of risks and want to fly with the eagles. I had lots of ideas to make lots of money, but she held me back a lot and never wanted to participate. (Don't ask me why we got married. :aargh4: I actually had to delete all the other examples because I didn't want this turning into a gripe session.)
Marriage is a compromise in lots of respects. Have you ever wanted to do something big but your spouse just said no? How did it resolve? For the guy who didn't join Delta Force, sure he could have been killed or injured, but then again, the training and skills he would have learned would have taken him on a different life pathway.
Wish I had listened to my wife
I'm going to answer this in terms of taking my wife's advice, rather than just in terms of her saying 'no'.
Had I listened to my wife, we would be living in fine fashion right now rather than in a cheap trailer and needing more gravel on the driveway. Of course, our financial woes kept me from spoiling our daughter rotten... but I wish I had listened.
I'm the king of our household (no choice, that's what Scripture says), but she's my Chief Advisor and Confidant: I also have appointed her Domestic Despot: if she wants shoes off when I come in the door, I'm going to try and remember that and follow her lead. Am I henpecked? Not at all: it's by MY authority that she operates. So far as kingly decisions go, I consult her - I would be a fool not to! God created Eve because Adam needed her, and gave me my wife because I need her. Does she get it wrong sometimes? Sure! But do the math: her vetos have kept me from this fun or that business opportunity... but have also saved me untold grief because she's usually right and I can often talk myself into really stupid positions. I treasure her advice, and don't want to do anything to bruise our relationship.
Note that she carries, too, and supported the decision to put our daughter in Krav Maga classes, get her into a pistol class, and provide her with her own Bersa .380 and Beretta 22. You bet I'll take her advice!