There are things that happen every day that annoy me every day. For example, I am super creative in the morning and have no creativity in the afternoon. Every day! Yet I still get frustrated by it, because I have work I want to do in the afternoon that requires creativity.
So a healthy dose of surrender is in order.
Here is how I am starting my day today: I am willing to lose my creative juice in the afternoon. I am willing to lose my creative juice in the afternoon. I am not going to fight it or force it. I am willing for it to happen, even though it isn't what I want.
What is one small situation in which you can practice surrender today?
Try this phrase, "I am willing…"
PS. This is super handy with moments when you anticipate your own annoyance. After high school, my mom forgot to pick me up about three times a week. I didn't have a cell phone so I would just sit and wait for her to remember.
I would anticipate my own annoyance: "she's going to forget, but I'm still going to sit here on this curb and act surprised and indignant when it happens." I could have thought, "I'm willing for her to forget. I'll bring a book to read in the meantime." Notice when your brain tries to punish reality. Try surrender instead.