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Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in How to simplify, My Journey | 2 comments

Things I am Throwing Away This Month


As usual, when I re-read what I wrote in this blog, I have to laugh at myself.

Recently, I wrote a post 2014 Things to do in 2014.

The last thing on the list was

“Let one person per day make a mistake on the road for free (you might try two per day next week!)” -Myself

Today, as I was driving to work, a woman wandered into my lane.  Yes, she was driving very slowly down the middle of the white line with giant mittens on both hands. Somehow, she was talking on the phone at the same time. While I have to admire the challenge she made for herself on her morning commute, I was equally surprised at how several blocks later I was thinking about all the things she was doing that she should not do.

You know, for traffic safety.  Not for my personal benefit.

I wondered how I could remove this problem from my day, when my brain sent me a message.

You could just stop worrying about other people’s responsibilities!

So, I will take that challenge.  Here is what I can give up responsibility for:

  • People who are rude because they are not paying attention
  • People who are rude for any other reason
  • People who have hurt me in the past
  • People who don’t do their job, and make mine harder
  • People who are chronically late or unprepared

This should simplify my life and give me more time and energy to focus on my own responsibilities.  I’m sure that woman in the car this morning will be sorry not to have my list of errors available for review, but she will just have to take care of them herself.


Photo credits:  Donald Lee PardueShawn DeWolfe

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  1. I love this. I learned this lesson after my friend reminded me that the person who made the traffic faux pas isn’t hurt in the slightest bit by my anger. The only one hurt is ME.

    Not that I’ve perfected this, but I’m much better than I used to be.

    • So true! We don’t know what people in other cars are even thinking, how can they know our feelings?
      Getting angry only take us away from what we should be focused on anyway.
      My neighbor/obstacle probably didn’t give it another thought after she realized she was driving down the center line!

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