When dealing with something that annoys us, we have two choices: we can ignore it, or we can try to fix the thing that annoys us.
The problem with the second option is that most of the things that annoy us can’t be fixed by us. The second problem is that we don’t have time to fix everything that annoys us.
Most of the time we have to learn to ignore it, or at least make peace with it. Part of making peace with it is recognizing that we are likely powerless to change it and that we probably have better things to do with our time anyway.
We can run around trying to fix everything that annoys us (and be annoyed by the fact that we can’t fix everything we want to fix), or we can create something new — we can add value to the world in our own unique way.
There are times when the annoyances need to be addressed. And there are times when we are capable of doing something about them. But most of the time we should learn to let them go and do our own thing.
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