|Click to enlarge photo by Kelley Boone modified by KDA.|
My previous responses to similar situations have been to rant, complain, throw things, or feed addictions such as shopping and eating.
I've had enough experience now that I can see that these responses will just expend a lot of energy and produce no results.
Or even worst, these responses will just create additional problems.
Consequently, I am adopting self-soothing practices that are more productive: moderate exercise, devotional reading, meditation, deep cleaning, and even just losing myself in my day-to-day responsibilities.
While looking through my cache of age-related quotes, I found the following served me at this time:
"Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations."
Samuel Ullman (1840-1924), American businessman, poet, and humanitarian.
I currently live in Kansas, so I'm using this image: I hope to survive like a country church endures on a stormy prairie.
Books on Aging and Spiritual Growth
Am I Old or Am I Young? Quote