What can you learn from annoyances in your life

cricketsThe basic premise of annoyance is to irritate. Here are some common annoying behaviors or things:

  • looking at your phone while speaking to someone
  • smacking your teeth/lips while eating
  • crickets (annoyed by the picture aren’t you)
  • sayings like “it is what it is” or “with all due respect” coming right before an insult
  • late and unreliable people
  • people who create drama then complain about drama/attention they get
  • chewing nails
  • the “suck-up”, that person who cozies up to someone in a position of influence in order to gain preferential treatment
  • computer crashes, losing all your documents
  • paper cuts, lost phone connections, people who still can’t drive, running out of toilet paper when you need it…..

I could go on. But I am curious what these annoyances can teach us, because they are not going away anytime soon.


  • You choose your happiness. So learn to let go and not be annoyed by circumstances.
  • Maybe you need to let go. It could be a control issue with you.
  • Use annoyance to build resilience, tough skin. When we allow ourselves to get worked up, particularly over the small stuff, we needlessly cause our bodies to go into fight-or-flight mode. Stress hormones surge into our bloodstream. Stress is bad.
  • How to smile and life and relax
  • Maybe you learn what you don’t want to have in your life
  • It could be a blessing in your life
  • It may help you to help someone else down the road

Critical, and sometimes life-altering, situations can happen that throw us totally off kilter: be careful how you handle your annoyances. Everything changes when you learn to see these things or people as blessings.

I will find that cricket and smash it.

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