Often we’re pulled in many directions at once. And it’s very frustrating when others interrupt and slow down the flow of what we’re trying to accomplish. But even here we get to practice being present.
In a day filled with many annoying irritations it’s hard to keep our thoughts and emotions in check.
-A scheduled appointment is 40 minutes late, throwing off our afternoon plans.
-Traffic backs up unexpectedly.
-The “fast lane” at the store is anything but, as the person in front of us is having multiple issues with their order.
These are minor issues in the grand scheme of things. But in the moment, it’s easy to give way to the negative spiral of emotions.
And if we allow it, even these minor hassles can ruin our day.
But this is our choice. And we can choose otherwise.
We can exercise our freedom and practice a different way of being present in our day.
The irritations don’t change, but our way of being with them can.
-Perhaps the provider is running late due to an earlier emergency.
-Maybe the traffic is backed up due to ducks crossing the road.
-And maybe the person in front of us needs to count out change and return a few items because funds are extra tight this month.
We may never know the real reason for the frustrations we face.
But regardless of the actual reason, we can choose to become love – to practice seeing with eyes of compassion and extending grace to those around us.
There is a cost here, but we also get to enjoy greater freedom and peace in our day. Our joy is no longer dependent on external circumstances.
Be present with the best part of yourself even as you face daily irritations.