Ecclesiastes 5:17 - All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
You turn on your computer and then step away to get something from the resource center at work. When you come back, though, you aren’t greeted by a computer screen showing your latest emails, but with an error message.
Three of your emails weren’t sent yesterday and you’re new emails have been unable to download, because your computer lost connection with the internet.
Okay. So you calm yourself down knowing that, thanks to your smart phone, you can check your emails there. So you switch to your email app on your phone ready to take notes on your emails for later responses.
But wait. Your phone can’t access the internet either. That shouldn’t matter. You should be able to connect to your mobile data. Yet you can’t.
“Here we go again,” you think. “How much time will I have to use up with technical support?” And if that wasn’t frustrating enough, as you look around the room, you see that everyone else is up and running. Why isn’t your computer connecting?
Frustration. Life can get frustrating quickly when you’re blocked from completing tasks you normally are able to do. Or perhaps it’s the long line at the grocery store check out. It could also be the commute home, where you come to a dead stop as another delay is added to your day.
Frustration can add to our stressful days and we can become angry quickly. How do we let go of that frustration?
First, when you do have to call IT or go directly to the one who has the task of dissecting computer glitches and error messages; don’t be the person who starts yelling at their fellow employee. After all, it may be his job to try and get to the bottom of your problem, but he’s not perfect and sometimes he has to check with other sources to find the answer. So don’t take it out on him.
The same applies to grocery clerks, waitresses, pharmacy workers and yes, even the receptionist at your doctor’s office. All of these individuals are just trying to do their job, and it’s unfair to begin a tirade at them when it’s not their fault things are running behind.
Second, try to remember that people are also waiting on you to get a job done or need the paperwork you can’t complete because you’ve had a delay. You can be the reason for someone else’s frustration. Let’s see if we can’t find a way to let go of the tension that’s building up inside you.
You’ll find some ways to cope with frustration in the article, “Frustration – 8 Ways to Deal with It,” on life-with-confidence.com. Here’s one of their suggestions:
One of the things that you can ask yourself is, “What’s working in this situation?” Not everything is always going wrong. You can always find something that’s going right. Take a look at the rest of the article and you’ll find some ideas that you can apply to the difficulties you are facing now which are making you feel frustrated.
After all, you don’t want to end up like the people the Bible verse above speaks about. You don’t want to live in your darkened frustration, affliction or anger. In the end it may take away all the joy in your life, and the good things that God is blessing you with that you can’t see.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.