I have been someone to dwell on things.
To not let things go.
Hold on them, for months, for years, and sometimes just little things.
Decisions I could have made,
Why did this happen?
Why did that happen?
Sometimes it was big things, often very small things.
Put it’s ok to acknowledge petty annoyances, and let them get smaller.
An example for me is I am in a new office at work and won a gift card ($50 at Chili’s) for best bowler at the company holiday party. It felt awesome to be best at anything athletic, and Lanna really like Chili’s. Unfortunately one night I left some newspapers I wanted to read underneath my desk neatly so I wouldn’t put them in my bag back and forth.
When I got back to work the next day, the papers were thrown away. I think I left my gift card in there too. Which of course is stupid. The gift card should have went right to my wallet. But, I ended up moving several times that day due to computer issues, and just silly set up things, desk I was sitting in was too bright, was uncomfortable.
So it annoys me. I would have liked to get 2 dinners or close to it with Lanna. I recognize that, so instead of dwelling on the issue, I simply say yes it appears this happened, so be it .. so it goes.
It’s amazing how much little things like that can help.
There are many annoyances in this life, if you let the small things get to you they add up, or you can just do little things.
For instance, yesterday I saw the wonderful “Hugo” ****1/2 at the Nickelodeon theatre in Portland downtown after having a wonderful lunch with some friends. It was an older crowd for the 2:30 show and as older people sometimes do they talk to each other during the movie. I did give the quiet symbol a couple times, but then just realized if would be easier and better to simply move a seat further.
Another example of petty annoyances is on the bus into Portland yesterday there was loud talkers, I just turned my iPod up a little.
Sometimes, little things annoy us. Find the best way around them and the world gets less annoying and easier.
How do you cope with the world, and the things that annoy you?