I was working with my dad a few weeks ago. One day, we were out of town day and it was quite tiresome travelling between jobs. We weren’t able get stuck into one, big job. It was very stop-start. As was the weather. “Sunshine and showers” meant we were back in the van one minute to get our coats on, and then a short while later, taking them off and putting on sunglasses.
It was one of those days where I get too easily annoyed. I was tired and aching. I was peckish and dehydrated. And the equipment I was using kept catching on objects so I was tripping over multiple times. We went to clean a farm which always has flies buzzing around your head and in your ears. I was getting very frustrated.
When I stopped at lunchtime and thought about the morning, I realised that I was choosing to be annoyed. That was my choice and it was impacting my day. In his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey describes it like this:
“In the space between stimulus (what happens) and how we respond, lies our freedom to choose.”
We always have this freedom to choose, despite what may appear to be limited choices. There is power in that. How will you choose to react to difficulty today?