This morning I was composing an introductory email at the request of someone else. The person to whom I was writing has never heard of me. (Most people haven’t.) So, I was trying really hard to be deserving of the recommendation.
My right index finger was poised on the SEND key, ready to strike, when a new window popped up and informed me that I had been logged out of my email account. The message suggested that someone else might have logged in, thus kicking me out. Certainly the fault couldn’t be with the email provider. The only other soul in the house with opposable thumbs didn’t even have his computer turned on.
The first comment out of my mouth was, “I HATE COMPUTERS.”
Before taking my next breath I realized what an inaccurate statement I had just made. I actually love computers. I couldn’t do what I do without them. You wouldn’t be reading this without one. So, what did I really mean?
The correct comment would have been, “Computers frustrate me!!!!”
I was immediately reminded of a conversation I had at church last Sunday. The gentleman professed to not like horses. Perhaps he didn’t use the word hate… but many folks have. I bet a more accurate statement of their feelings would include an emotion more akin to frustration than hate.
What do you hate in your life, if anything? Do you really? Or are you just gut-deep frustrated?