Friday, July 26, 2013
Where Irritation REALLY Comes From: Woken Up by the Family Dog - Part 1
A few weeks ago, I was woken up early on a weekend by our dog, which left me irritated, and thus providing me with an excellent everyday example of how life plays out for people. In these next few paragraphs, I’m going to suggest that the bother I felt wasn’t actually caused by getting woken up, but was caused by the thinking I did within my own head. I’m also going to suggest that’s true of all of the ups and downs we have in life, not just the trivial stuff, that the ride itself is actually being caused by the activity inside our own minds and is NOT caused by how life is unfolding around us.
So let’s start with this trivial example. The long and the short of it is that the family dog showed up in my room early on a Saturday morning, forfeiting the rare and coveted opportunity I had to sleep in. So right away I was bothered and pointing blame at my husband whom I assumed had left our bedroom door open. As I sat there and stewed, the thought crossed my mind that I often get awoken at all hours by my kids when they have nightmares, fall out of...