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The Rockaway Times
Don’t Let It Annoy You
By Kathy Lord Nicolosi
Here’s a thought you might
not embrace right away. But at
least consider it. Think about
something you don’t like do-
ing, a simple thing for start-
ers, maybe taking out the gar-
bage. Now, tell yourself that
from now on, you are going to
LOVE taking out the garbage.
Make a thing of it, love it, see
it differently. Even vocalize it
to those you live with, “Hey,
I’m going to take out the
garbage now, and you know
what, I’m happy to do it. In
fact, I love doing it.”
As Mother Teresa said, “Do
small things with great love.”
Remember that what you think
affects how you feel, so if you
dislike taking out the garbage
only you can change that. You
can actually begin to love and
embrace the idea of taking out
the garbage. The least it will
do is to make you feel better
while you are doing it. But its
ripple effect might be more
than you can imagine. You
will have managed to change
what you think about some-
thing and therefore change
how it makes you feel when
you do it. Maybe you don’t
like walking the dog, or wash-
ing the dishes. Start a new
routine if you don’t like wash-
ing the dishes, maybe make
a pledge to sing happy songs
while you wash dishes, or pick
a positive phrase that you like
and repeat it with every dish
you wash. For instance, “I am
healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Repeat the phrase like a man-
tra over and over again, make
it your “dishwashing” man-
tra. If you embrace the very
things that annoy you, you
won’t change the things, but
you will begin to change who
you are and how you respond
to the things that life hands
you. There is no question
that it is always better to re-
spond to things with love and
an embracing attitude rather
than a feeling of annoyance
or dislike. This is really all
about changing our men-
tal habits to form new, more
positive, creative ones. Re-
member you can’t change an-
yone else; you can only ever
change yourself. Imagine
someone who knows you and
knows how much you dislike
throwing out the garbage,
watching you run to the gar-
bage pail and not be frowning
or groaning about it, but now
they see that you actually EN-
JOY IT! Eventually, the exam-
ple we set by becoming more
loving and positive inadvert-
ently affects those around us.
Before you know it, everyone
will be fighting to take out the
Embracing life’s little an-
noyances with enthusiasm
and love changes the game
and with this attitude you will
always be a winner. You can
see things as obstacles or op-
portunities. You can moan
and groan about having to do
something, or you can find a
way to make it more fun. Use
a little spiritual alchemy with
some of the daily annoyanc-
es in your life. You can turn
any negative into a positive of
some kind if you choose to.
One day a farmer’s donkey
fell down into a well.
The animal cried for hours
as the farmer tried to figure
out what to do. Finally, he de-
cided the animal was old, and
the well needed to be cov-
ered up anyway; it just wasn’t
worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to
come over and help him. They
all grabbed a shovel & began
to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey didn’t
realize what was happening
and cried horribly. Then, to
everyone’s amazement he
quieted down. A few shovel
loads later, the farmer final-
ly looked down the well. He
was astonished at what he
saw. With each shovel of dirt
that hit his back, the donkey
was doing something amaz-
ing. He would shake it off and
take a step up. As the farmer’s
neighbors continued to shov-
el dirt on top of the animal,
he would shake it off and take
a step up. Pretty soon, every-
one was amazed as the don-
key stepped up over the edge
of the well and happily trotted
Everything is a matter of per-
spective and how we choose
to see things. We truly are the
masters of our own ship.
“The secret of happiness is
not in doing what one likes,
but in liking what one does.”
J.M. Barrie
The Army Corps of Engineers
has set the following dates
for public meetings regarding
the Reformulation Study. All
sessions will follow the same
schedule: Open House: 6:00
p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Poster session:
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Presenta-
tion: 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Open
Discussion 7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday October 5, 2016
Kingsborough College, 2001
Oriental Blvd, Room C124,
Thursday October 13, 2016
Knights of Columbus 333
Beach 90th Street Rockaway
Wednesday October 19, 2016
Knights of Columbus 135-45
Lefferts Blvd, South Ozone Park
Thursday October 20, 2016
PS 114, 400 Beach 135th
Street, Rockaway Park