Most frustration stems from lack of control.

You may be angry at the choices others have made.

Try to remember it is their story, not yours.

You might want to be in control of others.

Directing their lives is not your job or obligation. Let it go.

Or you might even feel others have power over you.

No one has any more control over you than you allow them.

Minor annoyances enter all of our lives.

How we handle these irritations is what makes the difference.

Acknowledge what is within your control and accept what is not.

While you can’t control what others say and do,

you have complete power over your own actions and choices.

Be responsible for your decisions. Do the right thing.

Be accountable to yourself…right your wrongs if you can.

In the heat of the moment, instead of reacting just breathe.

Breathing relaxes you. It opens your perspective.

It helps keep you from viewing matters through your own emotions.

It will clear your head and make room in your heart for what needs to take place.

When you learn to let go of what is not within your control, frustration lessons and your heart expands in the process.

It will help you act rather than react which has the power to make or break a relationship.

Ease your mind. Calm your heart.

Just breathe and “be”.

Let peace enter your soul.

Let peace lead the way.

24 thoughts on “Annoyances

  1. “Try to remember it is their story, not yours.” I think much of “war” begins when we forget this.

    I have a friend who taught me this phrase: “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” I’ve found that very helpful.

  2. Faaaaaaaaabulous insight, Suzi! And something that could be read each day before walking out the door, as a brilliant reminder.

    “Acknowledge what is within your control and accept what is not.”

    I think (for me anyway) that’s the key!

    “When you learn to let go of what is not within your control, frustration lessons and your heart expands in the process.”


    Thanks, my friend!


  3. Dead on, suzi, as usual. We do have complete control over our choices and actions, not to mention our reactions. The words “Look what you made me do!” should be stricken from our vocabularies. I love what you say and how you say it. What you do is your responsibility. How I react is mine. *hug*

    • It’s so easy to blame others. Something said that sticks with me through the years is “when you point your finger at someone else you have three pointing back at you”. Hugs back!

      • Yeah, that’s a good one. Another one that helps me is, “what other people think of me is none of my business.”

        In a way, that’s not strictly true, because I can learn from what annoys me. This is a little off-track but still in the ballpark – “what you see in others, you have in you.” If it’s a bad habit that bothers you, then you can be sure you have that bad habit to some degree, even if you can’t see it in yourself. If you can see that bad habit but it doesn’t really bother you, then you had that bad habit at one time but overcame it (or changed it for a good habit). If you can’t see it at all, that means you don’t have that habit.

        Oh, and this doesn’t just relate to bad habits…it also includes good habits and behavior 🙂

      • I love that one too, Sandra. And you’re right we have much to learn from annoyances. Maybe the fact that we’re like some of them is what irritates us so much! You make some very good points here. Thank you.

  4. I’m not annoyed right now, so all of your advice makes perfect sense. Now if I can just put in into place when I encounter those aggressive morning commuters (for some reason, afternoons aren’t as bad.) 🙂

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