But the awareness that it is my ability/inability/unwillingness to sit the the uncomfortableness of frustration has been very helpful. It allows me to tell myself, sometimes outloud - "Oh, this is frustration I'm dealing with" and if I repeat it enough, I can sometimes, mostly, bring myself back into the present and deal with the situation appropriately.
Yesterday, I had what Mr. Sponsor Pants (google him up - today's entry is profound) calls a "pinched attitude". I didn't wake up with it, in fact, I was/am still extremely grateful and humbled by the whole "burning down the house" situation. The attitude developed when during the course of the day, everything (or so it seemed) didn't go right. I could go into the laundry list of stuff, but really, why give it the time and energy? So yesterday, I was given the wonderful opportunity to practice staying in the here and now and feeling and dealing with frustration appropriately. And to put these frustrations in their proper perspective. I am grateful for the grace AND the opportunity. And for the fact that I behaved like an adult. No flouncing.
What strategies do you employ to bring yourself "off the ledge"?
I get three gold stars for yesterday. I went to the gym, spent time on the elliptical. I ate well. Still no Diet Coke.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Don't get pinched.