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Monday Musings: Little Annoyances

on October 7, 2013

The past couple of days have been plagued with little annoyances.  Dropping the dry erase board pen behind the bookshelf (why do we place the dry erase board above a bookshelf anyway when we know this will happen?), vacuuming every inch of the home (and using all the little attachments to make sure it’s extra clean) just to have leaves and dirt tracked in hours later, attending a dinner with an unhappy host.

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Things like this are hard to battle.  It seems like once a small annoyance pops up, 20 more follow.  And you try so hard not to get upset and just go with the flow.  “Oh I dropped the knick-knack behind the heavy nightstand while dusting – haha, what a clutz am I!”  Laughing it off can only go so far before it really starts to put you in a bad mood.  And then you get upset because you don’t want to be in a bad mood because of silly little things.

But let’s face it.  It’s the little things that make a big difference in every aspect of life.  From losing weight, to being happy to having a bad day, it’s always a build up of little things that create the outcomes.

So how do we turn the little annoyances into something more positive?

First thing is to step back and take a deep breath.  This will allow you to put everything in perspective.  It’s just a spill, or a slow driver, or a lost pen.  This is something you can easily overcome.

Next, overcome it.  Clean up the spill.  Wait until you can safely pass the slow driver.  Find another pen.

Then forget it.  The problem is solved, so you can move on with your life.  Don’t keep a running list of these little things.  If you do this, then the negative mood is not far away.  Instead, think of the fact that you now have a nice clean counter, kept your cool and avoided road rage, or got to buy a nice new pen.  Turn the negative into a positive, and add that to your list.

And remember to give yourself credit!  We all get annoyed with life’s little problems and that’s ok.  But to conquer the problem, not overreact, and go on to have a great day, that’s a real accomplishment!

And if all else fails, vent to a loved one, curl up on the couch, grab a good book or find a happy t-show and let the little annoyances fade away from your memory!  (Yes, I did this on both Saturday and Sunday!)

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