That Which Irritates Us But Does Not Kill Us

To the Editor:
Opinions and Frustrated Woman

I have a love/hate relationship with the grocery store. I love the grocery store when I have time to wander the aisles, find new products, and scrutinize labels. Unfortunately, those times are few and far between. Most often, I’m rushing through the store with a half-written down list and about a half hour of time.

So what’s the hate part?

It’s been my opinion for a long time that grocery stores are breeding grounds for inconsiderate behavior…

I have found that the grocery store tends to pull out the worst in me – or at least my brain. I’m so very easily irritated while grocery shopping. It’s been my opinion for a long time that grocery stores are breeding grounds for inconsiderate behavior; loud talking on cell phones, standing just right where I need to be for what seems like endless minutes, and my personal favorite – the shopping cart parked in the middle of the aisle so nobody can get through.

About a year ago, I got so tired of feeling that way at the store that I just had to realize that, of course, the problem of the grocery store resided with me and not the other shoppers. In fact, perhaps these very shoppers that annoy me have been placed in my path to teach me patience. So then it becomes a mind game. I pump myself up before I go to the store with all kinds of positive thoughts and thoughts of gratitude. Then, here’s the real trick – I force myself to look right into the face of those annoying me and smile.

Most often, they smile back or discontinue the inconsiderate behavior. I’m not saying I’m 100% successful at avoiding annoyance at the grocery store, but trips have been a lot more pleasant these days. We all have things that irritate us or cause us stress, but if we realize that those annoying situations actually exist to teach us some life lesson, we can learn, grow, and be stronger.

Best of all, when we change how we look at annoying situations, they disappear from our lives.

Betsy McGuire

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