Friday, November 5, 2010


I have good intentions when it comes to lists....

I try to make lists (grocery, work tasks, day-to-day errands), but I rarely actually USE my lists.

For example: I will go to the trouble of writing a grocery list, then leave it on the kitchen counter. I've done that more times than I would like to admit. I also try and make a Christmas list. I tell myself it will help me relieve stress, but seriously, just writing that list stresses me out.

Today, as I was driving back to work from lunch (yeah, right... I WISH I actually got a "lunch" hour) I started making a list in my head, but it wasn't a very nice list. It was my: "Things that get on my last nerve" list. And here is what I came up with:

  • People who hurriedly pull out in front of you, then go BELOW the posted speed limit.

  • People who are in the left hand turning lane and go into my lane to make their left hand turn.

  • Trains

  • People who wait to the last minute to conduct business and expect me to drop EVERYTHING because they are almost "out of time"

  • People who don't make out their checks ahead of time and take 10 minutes to conduct a transaction that should only take about 2 minutes.

Can you tell I have an issue with people today? Yep, I do. But that's o.k. I can't do a thing about other people. I can't make them speed up or stay in their lane. I can't make people NOT procrastinate and I can't make people write their checks out ahead of time. Well, I guess I could suggest they do that, but some people may take that the wrong way. And, to tell the truth, I really don't mind trains. They are way better than semi-trucks.

What I can do is NOT get so stressed out over other people. I can control my actions/thoughts. So I need to start there. With God, I can do/overcome/de-stress anything!!

This picture just makes me happy. I edited it over at picnik. Happy Friday!


gianna said...

sometimes it just helps to say, "i'm so annoyed!"
And there you have it. it's out and you can move on!
Great perspective!

Irritable Mother said...

Ah, my friend. There are a couple boys in my house who are annoying me today. I need to NOT get so stressed out over them. On my own I cannot do this. BUT with God. Yes! With Him I can do anything!
Thanks for this today. *grin*