Irritation is Always Right Around the Corner

 September 28, 2020

By  Jonathan Biles

Is it just me, or does it always seem like there is something looming around the corner that causes irritation and frustration in our daily life? Seriously thought. This morning I woke up motivated and ready to start a new chapter in my writing career and within minutes, something changed and irritation set in.

Does this mean I am weak? Have I let the normal chaos in life disrupt me to such a degree that the slightest disturbance in my day creates this massive amount of irritation? Or maybe it is a sign of the things I need to work on in my own life? I honestly don’t like any of these answers, but maybe that is the point.

Irritation is a loud and clear sign

Typically, my daily blog posts take around 30 minutes to write, proof, and properly set up the SEO. This morning, however, is closer to an hour. I want to say this is because of the constant interruptions, but it is actually the reaction to the interruption that has slowed down my production.

What I mean is I am writing a sentence or paragraph and one of the kids have a question or need something real quick. Most of the time, it takes less than 30 seconds to pacify them, but then I spend 2-3 minutes in irritation mode because they interrupted my train of thought. Is this their fault? I want to say yes, but the answer is actually no.

This is not a new story either. When I am interrupted while writing, my immediate emotion is to be frustrated with the interruption. But why? After months of trying to figure this out, I think I got it. I am irritated because the weakest part of my skill has been challenged. I am easily distracted while writing and this distraction is tested in these circumstances.

How do we work through it?

So now that I know I am irritated because of my own weaknesses, what am I supposed to do about it? The easy answer is, “Work hard every day and just take it one step at a time.” Okay, I will not argue that piece of advice, but I must vocalize that it is not that easy. Long term it sounds great, but what about short term.

Failure after failure, I have come to this conclusion. We must refrain our mind before we tackle the problem. To explain, I will continue to use my own circumstance as an example. I love my family and they are my priority. I know I am called to write so it is my passion. My biggest fear is actually producing so I place a high level of stress on my production. And there it is.

If I don’t learn to first conquer my fear then I am transferring that stress to the joys of my life. I don’t despise my interruptions, but irritation comes because those interruptions feed my fear, or at least I convert them to fuel. The truth is, however, that my fear doesn’t control my passion or purpose, but God controls that. If I shed my fear, then the irritation disappears.

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About the author 

Jonathan Biles

Jonathan Biles is a well-respected writer of fiction stories across the globe. He has worked with multiple publishing entities from print newspaper to Amazon Kindle. With a degree from The University of Idaho and print experience with Texas Tech University, he is sought after as a feature writer amongst his peer group. His readers rate him as a 5-star author and has won awards from Columbia University. As an author, he can transport you from daily chaos to worlds and adventures sure to entertain through his vivid imagery.

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