Imagine this, you walk up to the counter and Starbucks, order your favorite drink, and have the person behind the counter look at you with a completely blank look. You try it again only to have the same result. You keep trying to order your Grande White Chocolate Mocha with 4 pumps White Chocolate and 4 pumps Toffee Nut only it never gets made. No matter who you talk to or how you order it you never actually get your drink. This is the stuff that nightmares are made of, at least lately it is. You see, I’ve been having basically this same kind of dream for a week or so now. It always involves Starbucks and it always involves me not being able to get whatever I’m ordering. On the surface it may sound funny but look deeper and you’ll see a pattern of frustration emerging.
Frustration is a funny thing. You can start out being frustrated with one thing and before you know it you are frustrated at everything. It has an uncanny knack for snowballing. To get rid of the feelings of frustration, I have to go back to the source. To bad I can’t remember what it was that I was originally frustrated over. I’m sure it was either weight, housekeeping, or finances. Those three usually seem to be the root of all evil. Interestingly enough, they are generally intertwined. Think about it, your weight starts creeping up which makes you feel crummy so the house doesn’t get as good a clean as it should. Then because your house is looking bleh, you go buy a pillow or something to make it look better even though decorating wasn’t in the budget. Perhaps you start to eat out so you add to the pile of dishes in the sink. Whatever your vice, it probably requires you to spend money that wasn’t planned. The nice thing is, if you can see the signs before it gets to that point, you can stop it. That’s where I am now. I’ve passed the frustration mark with the weight and housekeeping. Next stop is buying a pillow. Ok so I won’t really buy a pillow. I will however, be more mindful of what’s happening and reverse course.
There are three simple things I can do today to start undoing the frustration damage and it will all take less than 60 minutes to do.
Action #1 – Eat a healthy breakfast.
Action #2 – Hop on the treadmill or go for a walk outside for 30 minutes.
Action #3 – Clean my kitchen sink.
Well, I have a lot to do today so I better wrap this up and start working out my frustration. I’ll update later and let you know how I’m doing.