Why Doesn’t Costco Carry Green Peppers, Winter, and Other Things That Irritate Me. Learning Patience in a World of Irritations
By Jackie White
I think most people would tell you I have the patience of a saint. Not much really bothers me, unless you are talking about people that don’t think, ok then I am bothered. But, listen, I am a seasoned Scout leader. I have dealt with kids standing on the chairs, screaming about something ridiculous. It doesn’t generally doesn’t bother me. So in that respect, I would say I am chill. However, there are a few things that get under my skin that I have to just get off my chest.
The Top 5 Things That Bug The Crap Out of Me
I can’t help it. I do not like winter. First of all, it’s cold. I am always cold, so winter makes me feel like I am freezing my butt off 24 hours a day. It is messy and inconvenient. It requires me to shovel, scrape, and swear. It is devoid of color and smell. It’s just a whitish dirty gray landscape with monotone coldness. Why deprive our senses for several months of the year with this winter crap? I just want sunny days with 73 degrees, is that asking too much?
Hey get up, it’s morning! I am a certified early riser. I rise earlier than the earliest and after a cup of coffee, I am chipper as Susie Sunshine! I also get stuff done. I wager that before your feet hit the floor, I have accomplished more than you will in maybe your whole day. Irritating? I think not. For my friends who sleep in, I cannot understand why you waste perfectly beautiful sunshine and stay in bed. I mean, what are people waiting for? Get up and get going! The day is passing you by!
Use your blinker, damn it! I cannot understand why people do not use their blinker. Oh yes, I am the blinker police and I follow the blinker rules. I put a blinker on when I am turning into a parking stall or into my driveway which is on a dead end road and I drive a van with flowers all over it and my neighbors know my personalized license, so I am pretty sure everyone knows where I live and that I am turning into my driveway, but STILL, it’s the principle of the thing. Consider this a warning for you non-blinker people: If you want to find out what your bumper is for, then keep on not using your blinkers!
Ok, what is wrong with some people? Why do they insist on honing the skills needed to be a world-class jerk? Everyone knows one of these gems. It’s the neighbor who yells at you for stepping on their grass, the jerk who hates kids, the customer who crabs every time they patronize a business, yet they keep going back to that same business. (no shop owner needs that kind of business, for sure). To all those crab-asses out there, life is too short. Stop complaining and find something to be happy about. If that is not possible, just don’t come out of your house and ruin everyone else’s day. Simple as that.
A word to the store cashiers who are slower than molasses in January: Come on people, if you are a cashier, sloth-like scanning is not acceptable because, well. it is just not necessary. I know you know these cashiers, the ones that scan so slowly that you just want to grab the damn item from their hands and do it for them? Seriously, I could add up the total cost of my items by hand faster than some of these cashiers scanning my items. And no, I don’t do the self-checkout lane, that is an oxymoron with an emphasis on moron!
Costco, For God’s Sake, Start Carrying GREEN Peppers:
This is seriously a mystery of the world. Costco carries every dang thing possible on Earth except green peppers. I am wondering if they are trying to make the green pepper go extinct? I need green peppers and I also need Costco. I would think somewhere in my world the two could come together to enhance my shopping experience! Is this asking too much?
We all have stuff that bugs the crap out of us and that’s ok. What’s important though is having patience. We all want to tell that jerk off, blow the horn and complain about all of the crimes of stupidity committed in the world, but here’s the deal, if you do that then you become a pain in the butt. Instead, let’s learn a few ways to take it down a notch and live civilly amongst the living brain-dead.
Just kidding about number 4...well, not really, but if we are being responsible adults, I cannot advocate drinking your impatience away! I can, however, encourage you to practice the skill of patience (yes, it is a skill) and learn to not lose your shit when people are driving you crazy.
Finally, let’s all take some time to laugh at what drives us crazy. Find the humor, practice the patience, and most of all shine on!
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.