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101 Uses?

Peter Nicholson

Hello, Old Friend
Little had gone according to plan. My morning has been a series of detours as I try to execute a departure out of town. In addition to evolving logistics, I’m having to navigate my impatience: hello frustration, my old friend! I’ve gotten better at acknowledging and accepting, however begrudgingly, what is and isn’t within my influence to change. I’ve gotten better at adapting, as I write this from a Starbucks I never intended to visit, across the street from the rental agency where the car I intended to rent isn’t ready. The line is so long that I haven’t bothered to order. My car will likely be available before my chai latte. And so it goes. This morning’s travails are merely a microcosm. Frustration is a constant when your work is focused on inflecting the world that doesn’t really want to change. It’s how you come to manage that convoluted ball of energy that matters. I’ve been a slow learner. I don’t so much tolerate it, as try to redirect it, find a productive channel, like working on this essay, when circumstances divert my well-laid plans. Change what I can, accept what I can’t, move on. My frustration deserves a deeper interrogation. Like shame, I tend to try to bury it, instead of trying to better understand it, comprehend its source, perhaps identify transformative mechanisms that will liberate its potent potential.