|I know. Hard to believe he is ever less than angelic.|
Instead, I'll spend this post trying to do something more productive than dwelling on how frustrated I am. What are my alternatives? How can I respond without getting angry or defensive?
1. Smile and say thank you. I can assume the best intentions of the person commenting. If they are trying to be helpful, this is completely appropriate. If they're not, maybe my response will make them think about what they are trying to achieve.
2. Focus on the future. "Today was less than ideal, but we've always got next week to try again!" Not only does Peter need a new start next week, so do I. I can be grateful for God's forgiveness and try again.
3. Ask for help. I can ask people to pray for me. Certainly children respond to their parents' moods and behavior. It's quite possible I unwittingly triggered this outburst and need to examine my own Mass behavior. Prayer never goes amiss!
Do you have more ideas for responding positively in trying situations?