Is it the barbell’s fault? Is it the barbell’s fault that you cannot lift it? I am being serious, who is to blame for the simple fact that there are some loads that you or I cannot lift. Is it the barbells fault that it is heavy, annoying, frustrating?
We don’t blame the barbell for being heavy, we don’t blame the barbell for failing to lift it…it is what it is. It is a bar with some weights on it. We have a choice when it comes to adjusting those weights, but we cannot change what it is at its core. It will always be the same. And for most of us, we will always like it heavy and challenging.
But the people in our lives do not get that same consideration. The people in our lives are just that, people. More than likely they will not change over time, but somehow we allow them to cause frustration and chaos in our lives. Maybe, just maybe the problem is within us. Maybe we should know ourselves a little bit better. (***DISCLAIMER – some people are jerks…cut those people out of your life and move on…back to the lesson)
I learned this the hard way this week. I was sitting in my office working on a project…focused…charging along…breaking through barriers and making progress. Then it happened. That magical moment when my phone starting blowing up. Texts, phone calls, emails, messages…everythhing. And every person that was trying to get a hold of me, I felt myself getting angry with. I wanted to scream…you know I am at work…can’t you just save this for a time you know I am free and not working. Don’t you know that I work too…just because you finally have time to ask these questions…you want me to drop everything and respond. *DANGER* *DANGER* *DANGER*
Then I started driving home…angry, upset, day ruined! But then I took a couple deep breathes and looked inward for a moment and replayed that moment in my day. I realized one simple truth. I am not a multi-tasker and in fact multi-taskers can annoy me (because I am not one and it is not my style). I am a focus on one task, complete it, then move on and those interruptions pulled me from that. The person calling, texting, messaging did not intentionally interrupt me (and if they did…well, I will give you the benefit of the doubt). They were not trying to upset me with the questions and requests.
We all need to take these moments in life and look and answer the question “who am I?” We have to be able to answer about what makes us tick and who are we really. We all get frustrated when others try and change us, but we expect people to change for us. If we step back and accept who we are and how we operate then we can make the allowances and changes that we need to in our own lives to be successful and have healthy relationships.
Just like we cannot change the barbell, we cannot change people. BUT we all control the effort we put into bettering ourselves. We can train to get stronger, leaner, smarter, better writers, better readers, better artists, have better relationships and someday we will move that barbell. Why? Because we changed and became the person that we needed to be in order to succeed…not because the barbell changed!