Frustration & Gratitude

Apparently Mercury was in retrograde for the past couple of weeks; and when that happens technology is said to be impacted. Here’s how that showed up in my world: in less than 1 week our dishwasher broke, hub’s cell phone died and our hot water heater needed to be replaced. Needless to say, I spent a good amount of the week feeling pretty frustrated. Did I mention that we were having family with us for a few days in the midst of all of this? Yeah. I was not at my best.

As things kept happening, my frustration increased. I’m very clear on how lucky I am that I even have all of these and that them breaking is definitely a problem of privilege…and it still created frustration. All of those things are true at the same time.

Which brings me to gratitude. I’ll admit that gratitude was the last thing on my mind for a good chunk of the week. I was pretty exhausted trying to coordinate repairs and replacements and organize schedules, and all the things that come along with all of those things – not to mention the unexpected expense.

At my most exhausted, ironically, is when I was able to access gratitude.

Maybe it had something to do with not having the energy to feel frustrated at a certain point; but whatever it was, I’m grateful (pun intended!) that I was able to access gratitude. I felt grateful that all the repairs would be finished before family arrived. I felt grateful that my house didn’t flood when the water heater died. I felt grateful that I am able to walk into an appliance store and purchase a new dishwasher. I felt grateful to have a partner who knows what someone is talking about when they’re discussing hot water heaters!

At the end of the day, the whole experience was a reminder that multiple things can be true at the same time. When you embrace that truth it takes a whole lot of pressure off, and maybe even creates space for gratitude.

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