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You Annoy Me Sometimes

It’s true. You do.

You’re late. Or you’re too early. You talk too much. You didn’t say anything.

You don’t support me. You’re too helpful. Don’t give me that look. I can’t believe you just said that. I would never do anything like that.

Really? What were you thinking?

It is so easy to take offense. In fact, the more tired and stressed I am, the more annoying you are. You even sound extra stupid, and the crankier you make me.

If I am aching to be right and be annoyed like that, I know I actually am off centre, afraid, overtired, or maybe all three. It is all about the practice of taking that extra breath to pause.

Ranting and raving only offers short-term relief, and often we regret our words or actions in the midst of it. (I know, I know, it does feel so good at first.) But it brings us down because we’re focusing on the problem instead of the solution.

When you do something I could call annoying, I need to accept it. That it is what happened. We can’t go back. I can either speak up, change what I can (i.e. me), or walk away.

What are you going to do the next time someone annoys you?

3 Comments

  1. Liz on January 20, 2013 at 3:38 am

    LOL This is why my theme word for the year is PEACE. Not world peace, but inner peace. And I suspect that we’d be closer to world peace if there was more commitment to inner peace!

  2. Nancy Kay on January 20, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I make an effort to take a break and change my environment when I’m getting tense and annoyed. Even just leaving the room for a few minutes can make a big difference~

  3. Arleen Bradley on January 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Recently my boss made a comment that really annoyed me. She thought I was made, I wasn’t made so much as annoyed that she made the statement without knowing the facts.

    For me anger and annoyed are two different things.

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