ARGH!!! What to do when you feel annoyed!

Sunday 13 March, 2011.

It’s tricky knowing when to show your annoyance at someone and when to let things go. And let’s face it – feeling annoyed, frustrated or upset at something or someone can happen on a regular basis (not to mention the times when you and I are the cause of it!)

Proverbs 12:16 (NLT) says, “A fool shows their annoyance at once, but a prudent person overlooks an insult.”

Some situations require an on-the-spot response, while some need to be let go, like water slipping off a duck’s back. The difficulty is that there are no hard and fast rules for this! Here are some questions that may help in understanding how you process situations that annoy you.

Concerning you:

Do you always want to show you’re annoyed? Or do you avoid the feeling of annoyance altogether?

How do you express your annoyance to someone? Is it by words, actions or ignoring them?

Do you find yourself thinking about the situation for days after the event?

Concerning the other person:

Is this a one off and they’re just having a ‘bad hair’ day?

Is this situation something that comes up regularly?

Or is there something else that is going on behind the scenes in their life?

A Girl of Wisdom acknowledges her annoyance and learns to discern the times when to respond or to let it go. She forgives the person involved and if appropriate, is able to communicate her feelings of annoyance to them in a healthy manner. This kind of girl desires to build relationships, even through times of feeling frustrated.

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