My husband has been traveling lately so has not had an opportunity to read my blog. After reading them this week he commented that several of them had to do with me being mad at him. I hadn’t noticed that but I didn’t really doubt it. I have a very low tolerance level for what my friend Elaine calls the “dailies.” Overflowing trash cans, fingerprints on mirrors I just cleaned and dirty countertops. The everyday irritants, annoyances and messes that merit my attention and time; time I don’t have and attention I don’t want to give (there seems to be a theme in my life with time and attention). My hatred of the dailies translates typically into anger toward those around me and it happens so frequently I don’t even realize how irritated I get or how much I complain (or blog) about it.
Yesterday when I was trying to use Siri to talk-text while driving I heard in my head, “It can wait” (http://www.itcanwait.com). I immediately put down my phone (even though I was hands-free texting, I was distracted. I am tired of myself and others driving distracted and I have been seriously praying to change in this area). This morning when I was getting frustrated because we had to leave, my kitchen was a disaster and I knew I was going to be gone all day, metacognition kicked in again and I had the Spirit inspired thought that everyone in my family was healthy. Unlike many of my friends, no one in my family was not going to the hospital, hospice or in for surgery. I realized that my heart should be overflowing with gratitude and I chose in that moment to overlook the science experiment that was evolving in my sink. Paul talks about having the mind set on things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5-7), but I feel really smart calling it metacognition.