Do you ever get frustrated? I do. My question today is, What if all the things that usually work for you aren’t working? What do you do when you find yourself ticked off? I have my usual steps I go through and usually they work. At some point in the calm down process, I find myself relaxing and being just fine. Some of the time it only takes step one or two.  Other times, I might have to go a little deeper: take a deep breath, relax my shoulders, close my eyes, think of how someone I admire would handle it, remember they are a child of God just like I am, and I ask, why would a reasonable rational person act this way.

I ask them what they are thinking and feeling, and I let my feelings go. I remember my frustration is coming from me not them.

Currently, it’s not working. I’m still upset. I still think my way is the right way. Sometimes I need more steps in my path to ease my climb up the mountain of distress. I like reaching the top and feeling better. I like looking out over harmony and lessons learned. I do not like looking out over discontent and unease. So, I slow down and spend more time uncovering what I’m feeling. I don’t have to rush.

My husband keeps telling me to enjoy the journey and it is finally sinking in.

What are your steps? Do you have some techniques that you use to help you climb out of your valley of frustration?

I am learning to trust God more and follow the little God pokes He gives me.

Sometimes, as a parent, I’m not sure what to do. I just don’t know what to say sometimes. I have incredible children. I am very blessed. They are amazing. I just want an owner’s manual from time to time that tells me what to say to guide them on their path. I’m not perfect, but I wish I was sometimes.

I think that is where much of my frustration comes from. I still haven’t learned the lesson of “nobody’s perfect” because I expect myself to be. I know it in my head, but in my heart it’s not there yet. I had a mentor that use to tell me, “When you see it in your life and you are living it, then you know you have learned it.”

I will keep learning and growing as new things come my way because I’m enjoying the journey called life.

I accept the forgiveness of self and from others as I struggle. I show gratitude for God’s love and mercy and I take my next step.

In a few minutes, I’m going to get shaved ice with my son because it’s part of enjoying to journey.

What are you doing today? I’d love for you to share it with me.

Thanks for reading and have a fulfilling day,

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