Monday, September 29, 2008


Quote of the Day: "You are no bigger than the things that annoy you." :: Jerry Bundsen

I read this quote and was hit right between the eyes. What annoys me? Oh this ... and that ... and definitely that! Honestly, pride in others annoys me cause I hate that about myself. Another is not taking responsibility ... which is one of my indicators of personal maturity (not age).

Here is a little something that will keep you honest about yourself.
Hal's Take: "Whenever I am tempted to think highly of myself, my parenting, or even my own growth, I think of this quote. It's hard to put yourself on a pedestal when you find yourself extremely annoyed by your children, your spouse, or the woman in front of you in the grocery store line talking on her hands free cell phone instead of paying attention to the cashier. We all have our list of pet peeves. Bet you can probably think of a few right now, can't you?

If you're anything like the rest of us, you've sometimes allowed these little annoyances to get in the way of a good conversation or a meaningful exchange with your children. The next time you find yourself gritting your teeth at something insignificant, let this quote sink in and have a good laugh at your own expense. Then, consider it a reminder that it's time to stretch, because as long as there is even the smallest amount of pettiness in our lives, there is room for growth." Hal Runkel, LMFT, author of ScreamFree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool.

What is annoying to you?


ericka m said...

I'm not sure I quite understand this quote. Could you explain it a little more?

Things that annoy me:
When my parents ask one billion questions per day.
Older drivers who, if they took the drivers test today, would fail it. (I know it's horrible.)
People who call with me with two minutes worth of conversation, but want to stay on the phone in silence for over an hour.

I guess I get annoyed easily. ;)

Rachel said...

whiney people in church. Please people, can't we just all grow up here?

Great post!

Anonymous said...

Wow... Good perspective! Apparently I've got a lot of room for growth! Thanks Doug, I really needed perspective adjustment. I can definitely apply this to my life.

D.Lake said...

Ericka: Why can't everyone be like us? haha

Rachel: Thanks for the comment. There is no cheese with those whines ... unless we are in a lutheran church! My brother serves at a lutheran church and he verified that. haha

Marci: We all have lots of room and area for growth. Thanks for reading and commenting. Keep the comments coming.