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How to Respond Amidst Life’s Little Annoyances

How do we respond when life’s little annoyances crop up?

For the past week, I haven’t been able to log into my Facebook account on my laptop. That means responding to comments and posting my blog using my phone. I can manage the former, but doing the latter requires a learning curve, time, and patience. If you see this post on FB, you’ll know I’ve successfully figured it out – yeah!

My inability to log into my account has been one annoyance amidst several others recently. For instance, one washing machine in our marina laundromat went kaput and flooded the entire floor on the day we returned from Poland and needed to wash our dirty clothes.

International travel, illness, and other circumstances have meant I’ve been able to have a decent gym session maybe four times since the end of February, and I’m starting to feel like a slug.

I found mildew on the wall in our bathroom cabinet. Yuck!

No doubt you face annoyances too. They might include anything from finding your kids’ or spouse’s socks consistently strewn across the floor, sitting in traffic backups day after day, or waiting for someone to fulfill his promise to fix that leaky kitchen faucet. Drip, drip, drip.

Our human tendency is to lose patience and say or do something we later regret. This week, the thought of deleting my FB account has crossed my mind more than once, but I know I’d regret it later because I truly enjoy the interaction that’s happening on my Author Page. And so, I stifle that temptation and choose instead to take the time to learn how to post via my phone and to persevere trying to figure out what’s wrong with the login capability on my laptop. And while I do that, I will choose not to gripe but to 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Here are three things for which I’m giving thanks today:

  • That I have the privilege of owning both a laptop and a cell phone. Much of the world lives hand-to-mouth and would give anything to trade places with me.
  • That there’s much positive interaction happening on my FB page. Knowing that people are finding encouragement motivates me to keep going.
  • That I’m not too old to learn new technology tricks. Miracles never cease!

If you’re dealing with annoyances today, make a list of three things for which you can be thankful in the midst of them. Feel free to share those with the rest of us, okay? Let’s spur one another one to maintain the right response.

#Gratitude #DealingWithAnnoyances

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