If you've read many blog posts here, you know that Matilda (aka Tilly aka Hillbilly Tilly aka Tilly No) tries my patience.
Inspired, I decided last Thursday, New Year's Day, that I would give up hating Tilly. I know, I know. How could someone who cares for others' dogs hate their own dog? Perhaps I'm risking some professional integrity, but I'm being honest. And if you met Tilly, you'd understand and also pat me on the back and assure me it was amazing I'd made it six years with her. To make matters worse, she committed a very awful atrocity that will go unnamed this Fall. I won't tell you about it, but if I did, you'd wonder why I've kept her.
After realizing that I no longer needed caffeine in the morning to start my day because generally Tilly did something that made me so upset the adrenaline flowed, I decided that it had to stop. I had to change my attitude.
Has Tilly changed? Nope. She's still herself. But my attitude toward her has. I've determined to do it. But I'm not so amazing to think I can do this in my own power. I've had to commit to some serious prayer - and often - in order to stay calm and remember.
I'm glad you asked. Remember that Love bears all things. But that kind of love is generally the love of God towards us. And it's supernatural. If I have any illusions I can love the way God does, I can only ask Him for His power to flow through me.
It's true with people too. We can quit our frustration toward others, our impatience, our disappointments when people fail us. It's our choice. And we can avail ourselves to enlisting the help of the Divine.
So, I share the blog writer's admonition - go quit something.