Merriam Webster defines frustration as ‘a feeling of annoyance or anger.’
Frustration has led to suicide, chronic depression, drug addiction, and many other mental illnesses. For this reason, most people are trying to end their frustrations. However, their efforts are futile because they try to eliminate this emotion by dealing with its symptoms instead of the root causes.
People will successfully treat frustration only if they know its primary causes.
I believe the following 5 factors are the main sources of frustration, and dealing with them can help eliminate this negative emotion.
Here are they:
Frustration is caused by –
- Failing to Achieve our Goals/Dreams.
Most of us are frustrated because we are not where we expected to be. We thought we would achieve some of our biggest goals when we reach a certain age. However, when we reached that age, we realized that we are far away from accomplishing our dreams/goals.
Failing to achieve your goals doesn’t imply that you will never achieve them. Therefore, don’t get frustrated, and don’t give up. Instead, keep working and believing, and you might end up getting more than what you wanted. The universe works in a strange but awesome way. It might prevent you from getting whatever you want despite working hard so that you work harder and get more than enough.
- Failing to Accept That Some Things Are Beyond Our Control
Epictetus once said, ‘Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: some things are within our control and others are not.’ Most of us get frustrated because we try to control the uncontrollable. We try to control politics, aging, the future, the weather, and many other uncontrollable factors, and we get angry when we realize that we can’t control them.
Realize that frustration won’t fix anything and that it’s almost impossible for an individual who knows the difference between the controllable and uncontrollable to be frustrated.
- Failure to Accept that Life is Full of Disappointments
We get frustrated by life’s disappointments because we don’t embrace the fact that disappointments are part of life, and that everyone experiences them. Although the sizes of our disappointments differ, all of us experience them, and some get frustrated while others don’t because they understand that disappointments are inevitable, but misery is optional.
Prepare yourself mentally for disappointments by knowing that they are natural and unavoidable. Also, know that you have the power to overcome disappointment. Lastly, realize that those who prepare for disappointment seldom get frustrated.
- Not Accepting yourself
Today, many people are frustrated because they hate their bodies, looks, their financial status, and many other factors about themselves.
Learn to focus on the positive side of your life, and know that you can change everything about yourself if you commit to making a change.
- Not Accepting People as They Are.
Another main source of frustration is that we fail to accept that not everybody will be the way we want them to be. To enjoy life, we have to be who we are. Therefore, we have to let people be who they want to be. You become frustrated if you try to force people to behave the way you want them to behave because they will never do so. They might try, but they will eventually fail because everybody wants to be him/herself.
Learn to accept people as they are.
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Three Amazing Factors That Prove God is Highly Interested in the Continuation of All Living Things
N/B – In the article, I use the terms, ‘God’ and ‘him’ to refer to The Creator/Infinite Intelligence/The Universe/The Source of All Things.
While meditating on the relationship between God and the physical world, it dawned on me that God is highly interested in all living things and ‘he’ can’t live without them.
He thus programmed living things in the following ways to ensure their continuity.
He programmed most living things to:
Many living things, including us, are programmed to fear death. For this reason, we run for our lives when we face death although we don’t know what will happen after we die.
Everything could have gone extinct if all creatures never feared death. The Creator thus ensured most creatures survive by making them fear death, and avoid it when possible.
The Creator could have designed sex to be the most boring thing on earth. After all, he can do anything. However, he made sex a pleasurable activity to make many living things want to engage in it. Besides, he designed the sexual urge to be so irresistible to many creatures that some kill each other and risk injury for sex.
Sex is unavoidable, and individuals who abstain for long periods suffer from cardiovascular diseases, stress, and a weak immune system. Some creatures, for instance, dogs become very aggressive if you deny them their right to mate. Besides this, even if you try to abstain, the sexual urge will make you desire sex. This urge wants you to preserve the human species.
If God could not have designed sex to be irresistible, all living things could have abstained from it, and the abstinence would have led to their extinction. For this reason, sex was meant to ensure the continuation of all living things.
3.To Be Harsh With Their Young
Many creatures are designed to fiercely protect their young. The Creator programmed animals to be protective with their young to ensure the continuation of all species. Many creatures would have gone extinct if their parents never protected them fiercely.
With this in mind, it’s clear that God treasures our survival so much that he doesn’t allow extinction. He could have allowed the extinction of all living things to happen a long time ago if he wanted, but he avoids doing so because he treasures the physical world. Maybe he can’t survive without us because he deeply loves us or he is us.
What’s your opinion on this topic? Why do you think God is highly interested in the continuation of all living things?
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The Top 6 Major Ways Modern Society is Killing Creativity
All human beings are highly creative. Infinite Intelligence blessed us with a powerful mind that can create beautiful art, and solve all our problems. However, despite having a powerful mind, most individuals are not creative because the modern society is killing creativity by:
1.Promoting the Myth of the Starving Artist
Modern society loves promoting the idea that creative people especially writers, painters, and musicians earn low incomes. For this reason, there are many memes on the internet that show how artists are struggling to make ends meet. The idea of the starving artist has killed creativity since it prevents people from pursuing artistic careers. Besides, it has resulted in parents not enrolling children in art classes hence killing their children’s creative abilities at an early age.
The modern society encourages everybody to attend school without knowing its disastrous effects on creativity. School promotes the idea of ‘one right answer,’ which kills creativity by preventing students from thinking outside the box. Moreover, school kills creativity by promoting logic and rationality.
3.Promoting the Ego
‘Creativity is a matter of receptiveness and recognition. This cannot happen if you’re convinced that the world revolves around you.’ – Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy
Today, most TV shows, movies, and songs promote the ego by making us obsessed with feelings of self-importance. These feelings make artists obsessed with pursuing glory instead of concentrating on improving their creative skills. Besides, the feelings make us too proud to be willing to learn from others even though learning boosts creativity.
4.Promoting the ‘Busy Myth’
Today, many people believe busyness is a sign of seriousness and future success. For this reason, most of us act or keep ourselves busy without realizing that busyness kills creativity as it leads to mental fatigue, and results in us lacking the time for mental relaxation practices such as, the art of doing nothing and meditation, which are essential for creativity.
Although internet technology boosts creativity because it increases access to information, it has also limited creativity as it makes people to look for solutions from websites instead of formulating their own solutions. Moreover, it has resulted in information overload, which hinders creativity by causing mental overload. Besides the internet technology, most types of technology limit creativity because they occupy our time and prevent us from performing creative activities such as reading, painting, writing, and singing.
6.Encouraging People to Focus on Money
Money is good because it increases our comfort levels. However, focusing too much on it forces us to work in jobs we hate hence killing our creative abilities. It’s impossible to be creative when working in a job we hate because creativity requires passion and inspiration.
The above, and many other factors that modern society promotes explain why modern people are becoming less creative. We thus have to discourage them and embrace the factors that improve creativity because our future depends on creativity.
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