Have you noticed that it’s always the little things that cause us the most irritation? Or is it just me?
I am fantastic in a crisis. I keep my cool and think on my feet. I can take the bigger blows of life quite philosophically too.
But then I will get all flustered and bothered about some silly thing that might happen. Jose might say something that I misinterpret and I’ll get all worked up. Or I’ll get all irritated about the house being in a mess or things out of place. Or someone will pass a remark and I’ll take offence – even if I really don’t care for that person’s opinion. I haven’t read Richard Carlon’s ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ but it seems like a good mantra for me to adopt!
I have begun to realize that it’s the little things that irritate that point out something. I remember reading about Carl Jung’s theory of the shadow projection where he said: we still attribute to the other fellow all the evil and inferior qualities that we do not like to recognize in ourselves.
When I find someone’s behavior irritating is it because that behavior subconsciously reminds me of my own?
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” ~ Rumi
Every little ‘rub’ is a call for me to look deeper within. They are actually an invitation for me to work on my inner self.
What in your life is a call to ‘polish the mirror’?
May you be inspired – every day!