How many of you have pet peeves that drive you up the wall? The nails on a chalkboard kind of things that get on your nerves? One of mine is a bag in a tree. I looked up from my office window the other day and saw that a Kroger bag had become entangled in the uppermost branches of our tree. Since the winds of spring are revving up, it won’t be long before the sound of that bag gyrating in the tree will drive me nuts. It could be months before it tears loose. Deep breaths.
Another thing that drives me crazy is forgetting an item at the grocery store. Not realizing it after I get home and unload all the stuff, but while I’m still in the parking lot. I know, it makes no sense. Just hop out of the car and run back into the store. However, it’s one of those things that torques me off for some reason. No logic to it at all, it is what it is.
I’ve gotten a little better at letting stuff go over the years, but there are still plenty of things that set me off. Something happened the other day, and for the sake of family harmony, it’s probably best that I don’t elaborate. However, in the past, it was the sort of incident that would have had me steaming for hours.
Instead of going off the deep end, I heard Idina Menzel singing in my head. It was a song you may have heard before. I’m not going to give you the title, for fear of starting an earworm. However, it was from a movie with a talking snowman, and I’m not referring to Frosty.
I guess my point is, once you recognize the things that drive you crazy in this world, it’s a little easier to manage your response to them. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still get ticked off from time to time. However, if you ponder these pet peeves in advance, and think about how you can respond to them constructively, you may find that you can stay calm(er).
Just breathe, baby!
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