It had been a bad day. Well actually the whole week had sucked. So at the end of a nasty ass day I went home eagerly anticipating some down time – my couch, a movie and a little peace and quiet. I got home, reached for the remote, pressed on, and NO TV. Cable, yes. DVD player, yes. TV? No. I fell apart. Full on fight or flight. Adrenaline and cortisol flooded my system. I felt over-the-top frustrated and started spewing. Dock workers at the shipyard would have covered their ears at the language that was coming out of my mouth. Then I felt like crying.
Over reaction? Well duh, of course. Believe me, I get it. I know that not being able to watch TV is no big deal in the overall scheme of life. But it was the last straw. I couldn’t cope with one more thing. Ironically, if it had been a big crisis I would have been better equipped to deal with it. When faced with a major life event, or urgent situation, everything else comes to a halt. We pull out all the coping resources we have and let everything else go. We take action. But it’s the little things that will bring us to our knees.