I heard a great story from a sweet friend about her significant other. She loves him, make no mistake, but we all understand her story of stomping on that last nerve. It seems he likes to take little bitty bites when eating cookies. Reminding her of a squirrel nibbling on his nuts, she told me, "I just want to tell him--JUST TAKE A BIG BITE!"
I have habits which could drive a Saint up the wall. Sniffing during allergy season comes to mind. I am not aware I am doing it, but with a constantly runny nose, I tend to sniff every minute or so. It even drives ME NUTS when I become aware! Pre-old age, I chomped on ice endlessly. Thanks to having a crown in the line up now, I no longer do this. Picture across the room---CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP-CRACK, CRACK, CRACK during your favorite television show. I am not sure why I was not murdered at some point.
BUT this blog is not about what I do--but what others do which drives me up the proverbial wall. Horrible drivers come to mind
To date, I have not completely lost my cool like this poor woman (her screeching voice gets on my last nerve), but I spend plenty of time talking to the other drivers on the road and occasionally throwing up my hands in disgust and dismay. For what reason, I am not certain--since they drive away and continue on their bad driving way. But lack of ability to drive safely and courteously gets on my last nerve.
And then we move a little closer to home to our family and our friends. To keep my loved ones from clobbering me and my friendships in tact, I will not discuss the things which rub me the wrong way, but I am certain you get my drift. I must say, I am fully aware the road runs both ways.
So if I am unwilling or unable to confront those who can send me spinning, what is to be done. Continue to simmer and sputter under my breath or slam into them and risk alienating those I care for? It has finally dawned on me---IT"S ME THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE! My attitude is the only thing I really have any control over and it needs changing! Overlook those little things--sometimes even the big ones and learn to accept people for who they are. Turn a deaf ear, look the other way and even turn the other cheek---but I need to change ME.
As the great song so wells says, "Move on-move on down the road!"
Something tells me when I begin to work on me---my last nerve will grow less sensitive and life will be much easier. It's ME not them!
If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also