Pet Peeve Care and Feeding

There were times in my childhood when my mother would say, “I think you kids sit up at night and think of ways to torment one another.”  I knew I didn’t do that; I was at the end of the bed, reading by the streetlight.  But I could, and did, imagine each of my brothers– pen in hand, copybook on their knees–making a list of activities and events sure to send me ’round the bend.

As I have gotten older, (N. B. I refrain from claiming ‘wiser’) I understand that people don’t think up ways to annoy me, they annoy me by their lack of thinking.  Precisely as I annoy others.  Maybe we should not try to pray for our enemies as much as we try to pray for those who annoy us.  Perhaps I need to remember that we all seem to share an enormous portion of unintentionality when it comes to our actions and their subsequent outcomes.

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1 Response to Pet Peeve Care and Feeding

  1. Megan King says:

    Maybe we should pray that we have the wisdom to assume innocence in others actions rendering them much less annoying. It is something I struggle with – thanks for bringing it into my conscience today.

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