A few weeks ago my wife and I were delayed while driving home over the Oregon Cascades on Highway 22. There was an accident a few miles ahead of us that shut down traffic in both directions for 3 hours. We certainly hadn’t anticipated that.
I can remember a time in my past when a delay like this, or even one much shorter, would have caused me great frustration and irritation. Fortunately, I don’t get irritated over things like this anymore. What has helped me most in this area is making sure I take a moment and actually put things in the proper perspective.
Yes, we were delayed for 3 hours, but we were also very fortunate that we weren’t involved in the accident ahead of us. I’m sure the people who were involved would much rather have only been delayed versus having their car damaged, being injured, or experiencing loss of life. With that perspective in mind, it made it really hard for me to get upset and start complaining, especially when I’m sitting in the beautiful Oregon Cascades with my wife, knowing we’ll be on our way soon. In light of that, I really had nothing to complain about.
I think that when we lack the proper perspective, we often let little things frustrate us unnecessarily.
The next time you find yourself getting frustrated, pause for a moment and make sure you have the proper perspective on the situation. If you don’t, then change your perspective. It’s a great way to not only alleviate unnecessary stress and frustration. It’s also a great reminder of what we have to be grateful for.