We all have things in life that get under our skin and annoy us, our pet peeves.
I’ve learned it’s the daily battles with the mundane that steal my peace more
I asked my daughter, Chelsea, to ring out and hang this Norwex cloth after
scrubbing the vegetables with it. Instead she just leaves it in the sink, sopping wet.
I’ve asked her to do this several times, once just three days ago, and then again,
I see it in the sink. I look at it with annoyance.
My first reaction is to take it personally and feel disrespected. After all, I’ve asked
her to do this simple task many times. I even complained to my husband, Steve,
who was standing beside me as I observed the wet cloth.
He replied, “Yah, I’ve given up on asking to put the toilet seat down so the dog won’t
drink out of the toilet. I just do it myself.”
So I rang the cloth out and hung it myself. I also didn’t waste any precious energy on
feeling hurt, and I wasn’t going to say anything to Chelsea. Later in the day, when I
was in a good mood, I brought the cloth to her and said, "Does this ring any bells?”
She said right away, “I hung that up!”
I replied, "It was sitting in the sink and I took care of it. I’m not mad at you or anything.”
She insisted she did hang it up at least once that day and she was trying. It wasn’t a
big deal and I appreciated her trying. It also proved that she is probably day-dreaming
(or in a state of hypnosis) when she just leaves it there. It certainly isn’t personal!
What is your toilet seat or Norwex cloth? What really gets to you and robs you of joy and
peace? Would it be an option just to do it yourself, and reclaim the power you give away
when you expect others to behave a certain way?
Our peace of mind is worth more than any petty outcome that means nothing in the scheme
of things, isn't it? For the month of March, let's create a habit of always asking ourselves,
"What story am I telling myself about this situation? Does the story cause me to feel shame,
blame, guilt, defensiveness, or separatism in any way? If so, I am going to look for a better
way to think about this situation, that allows me to accept myself where I'm at."
These little annoyances affect our prosperity too because they keep us vibrating energetically
at a stressful level. Remember gratitude magnetizes prosperity whereas complaining repels it.
We can do it!