"Make a list of things that are bothering you. If you can't think of anything, you are probably bothering a bunch of other people!" Peggy Jones.
I am impressed by this philosophy.
If I spend my time working on the things, big and small, that are bothering me, things that it must be my job to work on, then I won't have time to be bothering other people.
Big things, like world hunger, spousal abuse, and all the bad news that just seems to be everywhere. How to combat these? I can start gathering stuff for the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Box and gather items to donate for the thrift sale that benefits a couple of local charities.
Small things, like paperwork I haven't done yet, that I keep putting off until I have a big block of time to deal with it (like that will happen when I homeschool and have a small business and have to keep up with housework and laundry and meals...). I can spend 10-15 minutes working on the papers.
If I spend my time working on these things, I won't have time to irritate other people.
Now, if only I could teach this trick to my brother-in-law, The Mouth.
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Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto), 794
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Princeton University is chartered, 1746
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First telegraph line linking US east and west coasts is completed, 1861
First concert performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1881
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