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  • Writer's pictureMegan DiMaria

Grocery-store blues or how to find perspective in frustrating circumstances

It’s confession time. I don’t like grocery shopping. At all.

I just returned home from doing my grocery shopping, and if I were a paranoid person, I’d think some folks were out to get me.

You know that lady that pushes around the cranky child? Somehow she always shadows me through the store. Yeah, she was there today.

What about the person at the deli counter that has a list longer than Santa’s naughty and nice list? Yeah, I was behind him today.

And don’t you just want to clear your throat loudly when that gal monopolizes all the space in front of the asparagus so that you can’t select yours until she’s finished inspecting every bundle? Or is that just me?

So I was antsy at the store. Then I was reminded about that verse in Philippians (2:14). Do everything without complaining and arguing. Could that even pertain to grocery shopping? Gulp—yes. So I purposed to practice my patience throughout the rest of my shopping trip. It wasn’t always easy.

The good part of the experience was when I realized that although I couldn’t control the other shoppers, I could manage my own attitude. So I did.

What’s your secret? How do you handle annoying circumstances?


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