The other day Meg was over and I joked about how all my shoes had sand in them. She said that sounded like a good life to her. I agreed and liked her view. It made me consider what life would be like if those annoyances weren't there. Great, right? No, actually. The opposite. Because if they weren't there it would mean whatever is causing them also wouldn't be there. We can let the little annoyances in our life get to us or we can look at them as evidence of what is present in our lives.
Sand in all my slip on shoes.
Life by the beach. How lucky am I that I get to be someone who has sand in all my shoes?
Dog hair. Everywhere. All the time.
Bailey, the pup that brings joy on a moment-to-moment basis. No dog hair=no Bailey.
Unfolded baskets of laundry. On the regular.
The fact that we have a washer & dryer (hallelujah!). Being blessed to have an abundance of clothing.
My husband's tendency to leave everything out. There is always evidence of where he's been in the house.
Seth's presence. There might not be anything better than that.
We're human and there will most likely always be times that external factors get under our skin. However, when we encounter our daily annoyances, we can pause and think about what our life might be like if they didn't exist. No sand = no beach. No dog hair = no Bailey. No laundry = no clothes. No mess = no Seth. No thank you.
By looking at what our annoyances represent, we're reminded that they really don't matter. What matters is the presence of the things causing the annoyances.
So tell me. What's an annoyance you encounter regularly that is actually a sign of a blessing?
Image and graphic by Natalie Dressed.