Annoyed much? How to cure your bad mood, part 1

In order to overcome my feelings of annoyances over the past few days, I have decided to keep a running list of opposites. So, instead of focusing on what annoys me (rest assured, plenty is), I will simply type out something positive to focus on instead.

Sound good? Hope it works. πŸ˜›

Here goes:

When I got home from errands the other day I was met by the repetitive message blaring over my partner’s speaker phone: “Your call is important to us, please continue to hold, bla bla BLAH”…He was trying to reach the insurance to claim the wind storm damage to our fence.

Positive reaction
I made coffee and served it in my new cup. πŸ™‚ Coffee solves everything, right? I was able to smile at the dog pictures, savour the coffee, and send secret messages to the insurance people to pick up already! Which they finally did and…he was just a phone answerer. There is no resolution. But they have a record of us calling and the adjuster will contact us bla bla blah.

While in line at the grocery store I felt the dirty looks of various customers in line behind me. Scornful looks they sent me, I tell you! They only had three or four items whereas I had a cart full of stuff. I get it, they’re annoyed because the register I unloaded at was marked EXPRESS 1-8 items, but there was no other register open and the cashier invited me to unload my wares there. I was annoyed too that not more registers were opened, so ‘welcome to the club’ is what I was thinking. Sorry, peeps, but I’m a customer too.

Positive reaction
The girl who was at the customer service desk dealing with non-cashier related tasks saw the line and came over to help pack the groceries. This sped up the process significantly and although no one said anything to me directly, I did feel a collective sigh of relief from the other patrons when this happened. Way to go to the employees at that store to notice things like this. πŸ™‚

I was supposed to start an editing job last week. I set aside time and organized my days to accommodate this work. But, like me, my client is a working parent and the manuscript never arrived due to whatever unforeseeable circumstances that happen in life. In addition, a million and one things happened in my own life during that week,Β  detracting me from getting other work done, which only fueled my annoyance.

Positive reaction
I have a job! It’s not a huge job, but it’s active employment. Despite the fact that I did not get a chance to get started, this turned out to be a good thing. Last week my partner was home and there were many things we tried to accomplish while he was not away at college teaching, so not having an editing job, requiring peace and quiet to concentrate, was actually a positive thing. In the meantime the manuscript arrived and I will be busy rest of week editing. πŸ™‚

Clothes that don’t fit. Nothing fits. I had an injury most of winter which prevented me from doing anything active (including snow shoveling which is not an exercise I mind doing) so all this sitting, and eating, has not been kind to me. As a result, I feel fat.

Positive reaction
Spring has arrived, which brought warmer, and dryer, weather. The physiotherapists did magic to my injury and with some targeted exercises, I was able to overcome most of my pain. As a result, I was happily shoveling soil and raking things, which was beneficial exercise for my shoulder, plus I got to feel warm sunshine on my face. The only trick now is to curb the constant eating. πŸ˜›

The back hallway lets in a lot of morning sunshine. Having an open concept area through there, the sunshine only highlights the dust everywhere. This is annoying because it tells me I must clean more regularly. I hate cleaning.

Positive reaction
Sunshine! In my house! Enough said.

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