Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Quest for Peace

Lately, my temper has run rampant. Unmet expectations build frustration. Dobson barks. I tell him to stop. He doesn't. I get mad. I want to drive fast to work. I get behind a slow driver. I get mad. The time crunch hasn't helped. I'm stressing myself out.

During this morning's spell of road rage, I had one of those moments. You know the ones, where you actually see yourself acting like a jackass. "This is not the person I want to be," I thought to myself as I held up my middle finger to the gentleman who executed a tight passing maneuver over a double yellow line to leapfrog me and then the guy who was driving 35 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Boiled down, my frustration arises from not being able to do what I want do. The Tao Te Ching says, "Acting with no expectations, leading and not trying to control: this is a supreme virtue." Or as my grandma would say, "Hope in one hand, shit in the other, and see which one gets filled first."

The lesson is the same: I can't control what happens. I might as well make peace with that. It's time for an attitude adjustment.

Quitness Sells Out
So much for drowning my tears in the latest local beer. I reported Tuesday that Great Lakes Brewing Co. was releasing a limited edition beer to commemorate Cleveland's most recent sports related misery. Great Lakes tapped Quitness yesterday afternoon. It sold out last night.


Junk Miler said...

I like your grandma.

Well there's a rose
In a fisted glove
And eagles fly
With the dove,
And if you can't be, with the beer you love,
Love the one you're with.

EZEthan said...

I've been treading on the brink of rage myself for the last couple weeks... I actually found myself hoping that my snack would get stuck in the vending machine the other day just so I would have an excuse to violently shake it!

misszippy said...

Ack--letting go is the hardest thing there is. Best wishes for finding your inner peace.

C said...

Re: time crunch stress -

The saying 'you can have it all' is bullshit. It took a long time for me to realize that and to let go of the frustration and anger I had because of it. If you want to get anything done, you have to prioritize and that means not doing some things you want/feel obliged to do. So now I follow my mom's advice--'if it's not going on your tombstone, don't worry about it'.

Good luck with it all. Just remember you're not alone.

Anonymous said...

When I am down in the dumps I always wrestle with the cat. What better way to feel good than to exercise your power over a lesser beast.

Jess said...

I often wish for a car that shoots missiles. Does this mean I too have road rage?

Lindsay said...

Gotta love a good case of road rage!

the erratic epicurean said...

the quitness is gone already? wow.