Digging at the irritations

Digging at the irritations

When we are irritated we often close down, we attempt to speed ourselves through the annoyance as quickly as possible. Dismiss it and try to forget about it. When I explore my annoyances further I need to own up to that underneath the irritation is a desire, or commitment for a better way. Perhaps something that I was expecting has been unfulfilled. Underneath the irritation lingers a hope or a dream and sometimes a full blown commitment that things can be different.   Irritations are extremely important. Friction is part of life. Friction used well is magical; it creates sparks and fire, it smooths rough edges; it creates openings where there wasn’t one.

The more I understand my irritations the more I can make changes to resolve them. Unresolved they live like a squeaky hinge, haunting me.  My first challenge is to articulate it to myself. As I dig at the layers, the irritation dissolves. Anger dwindles to frustration and then to a gentle annoyance. Clarity is found. As the irritation disappears I am left with a growing understanding, which leads to contentment. I am left with insight and wisdom, and often an action plan.

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