Are you irritated?

Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E

“Everything that irritates us about others can lend us to an understanding of ourselves.”
Carl Jung, Psychiatrist


This is a very interesting quote which I recently tried to apply to my own life. Everything it seemed irritated me: traffic, being late for work, having to go to meetings where attendees are unprepared, people not respecting my time …. the list was endless but the real questions I had to ask myself are shown below. Introspection is good and although I haven’t completely come up with all the answers as yet, I invite you to take a moment to think about these questions as well, especially if you find yourself irritated about certain things in your life from time to time.

  • Have you been irritated lately?
  • Who or what contributed to your irritation?
  • What did this situation teach you about yourself?
  • How do you plan to handle such irritations differently?
  • Is there someone you can mentor based on your experience?

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Photo by Gale E

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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

2 thoughts on “Are you irritated?”

  1. This is such a provocative post. I realise that I get irritated with my husband when he answers cold callers. He is too trusting and gets engaged in the conversation giving out information. I realise that this is in retaliation for him being irritated with me in the kitchen. He is a better cook than me – so I do all the left-overs cooking and cleaning of the kitchen. But he snaps at me if I am in there when he is – he regards it as his territory. I am genuinely concerned about how he answers calls, but instead of retaliating by showing my irritation while he is on the phone, I should just bring up the subject casually in a calm way and explain why I worry for him. Most of the time we get on really well together – but your post made me realise this invisible battle.

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