No one that I know likes frustration. Most people hate it and try their best to avoid it! It does not matter how hard you try. Live life long enough and you will discover rather quickly that you cannot live life without frustration – it just seems to find a way to creep back into your life again and again. Since there is no getting away from frustration, then the next best thing is to learn from it. Here are a few things that I have learned about learning from frustration.
Figure Out The Source! Is it internal or external? Is the frustration coming from you or is it coming from others? Is it something that you have done or failed to do? Is it something that someone else has done or failed to do? Once you figure this out, then you can begin to think about what your next steps will be.
When You Are The Source! If you are the source, then you will need to do some self inspection and figure out what is going on in you that would cause you to do or not do the things that impact you in a negative and frustrating way. You need to figure out the “CAUSE”! What is it that is causing you to do or not do whatever it is that is leading to the frustration? Deal with the cause and you can change the outcome! This is really not all that difficult. Most of us or just lazy or unwilling to take the time or practice the discipline of actually “thinking through!” Thinking through will help you to allow God to take your life to a whole new level. Here is the question that you need to ask yourself and answer very honestly: “Is there anything that I can or could have done differently? If so, what? And what are you going to do about it?
When Someone Else Is The Source! When someone else is the source, things get a little more difficult. When you are the source – all you have to do is work on yourself. When someone else is the source, you have to take the time to figure out why they are causing you frustration. Most people that frustrate you – probably do not have any idea that they are doing it. Most people do not get up in the morning thinking: “I wonder who I can frustrate today?” Most people that cause other people to be frustrated are usually frustrated themselves and they do not have any idea what to do about their own frustration. Now here is the important question: What can I do about it? Is there anything that you can do or say that you have not done or said that will help the other person? If so, then what are you waiting on? If there is nothing else, then it is time to turn it over! Tomorrow we will talk about how to turn it over and move on!