Beating Frustration (2)

Frustration proves that you’re alive. The only way to
beat it permanently is…well…taking “ye ol’ dirt nap.”

I got so frustrated once that I saw an open package of hot dog
buns…grabbed them…scrunched them…twisted them…pulled
them into pieces, and then…

…threw the scrunched, twisted, pulled-into-pieces chunkettes
into the garbage.

It was silly and stupid.  And, that’s what I felt like after my
baby tantrum was over….although, doesn’t the Bible say that

the Kingdom of God is like little children…babies…okay <sigh> that’s not what it’s talking about.  Anywho…

As I said, “Frustration proves that you’re alive.” It also proves…

  • You’re not satisfied with run-of-the-mill mediocre
  • You have passion
  • You’re gifted and talented

Now it’s also true that tearing up a bag of hot dog buns isn’t a good or even acceptable way to deal with frustration.  But, the point is…frustration doesn’t only prove that you’re an out-of-control nincompoop…at least for as long as it takes you to vent in some immature fashion.

So the questions:

  • What frustrates you?
  • What even makes you “angry” or dissatisfied?
  • What would you do to make the circumstance or situation better?

It’s absolutely a true statement that a person can very often discover their own areas of talent and gifting by discovering what is dissatisfying them.  BUT IT’S VERY IMPORTANT that you don’t blame shift.

The only effective way for you to beat this kind of frustration is ask yourself…

What can I do to make this better?

Back to the hot dog bun story.  That is the question I asked myself, “What can I do to make this better?” …(although a better time would have been before playing “the hulk” with the buns).

Btw…how foolish do you think I felt when I had to tell my wife what happened to supper? 🙁

At the moment that I tore up the buns, I was blame shifting…and the buns were the object of disapproval.  So, an important issue here…

When dealing with frustration never blame shift but instead take personal responsibility.  Not the kind of responsibility that produces guilt (an equally bad and non helpful solution).  But, instead…the kind of responsibility that says, “What can I do (in the short term and the long term) to make this better.”  Then, dude…take action on it. You’ll discover an amazing frustration buster by putting this article into practice.




  • Rachel Perry

    Great post Gary! Made me chuckle and gave me food for thought at the same time. 🙂

    • We won’t tell anybody that just happened last week…oops…did I just say that out loud?