Laugh: Making peace


You may already be familiar with the opening lines of the Serenity Prayer:

‘God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change’

It’s a constant challenge for me to accept there are things I cannot change because sometimes I can be too easily defeated and think I have to put up with things that I CAN and should definitely change. It’s a process. It’s life. There are three things that elicit a completely irrational response in me, things that I have come to realise that I can’t change…but luckily I can change how I react to them:



Fighting with clingfilm (easily the most user unfriendly invention in the world ever) looks a bit like a cat punching the air. If you’re not sure how that looks, it looks like this: 

If you’re like me you will then lose it completely and tear it and throw it in the bin but even that doesn’t bring you any satisfaction because there isn’t an audible smash or crack or bang to demonstrate that you have triumphed over it and ended its pitiful life. Yes, I used to invest way too much energy into clingfilm. [Post edit note: the solution to this problem is Tupperware! Or any container with a lid. Don’t buy clingfilm folks!]


Automated voice prompts

Calling a service provider that lets a machine try to figure out your problems instead of speaking to a human being – my least favourite activity. There is something about that upbeat machine that irks me to no end. Also because I know I will always say something that gets this response: ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get that’. The temptation is to reply ‘That’s because you are a moron machine and I have no time for you’. But that gets the same response. Trust me. So I overcome this now by saying nothing. Absolutely nothing. Robovoice will say ‘I’m sorry I didn’t quite get that’ a repeat it a few times before cracking under the pressure to say ‘Don’t worry I will put you through to an operator to help you’. Result. In your circuit board face, Robovoice!


Self check-out tills

It’s taken me quite a long time to figure out how to deal with self check-out tills. Yes they are a great way to avoid the queues but don’t necessarily mean less time spent in the checking out process. For some reason I always get told by the machine ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’ and my all time favourite ‘Approval needed’ – NOOOO I DON’T NEED YOUR APPROVAL STUPID MACHINE! As with most things there is a certain technique involved. Putting scanned items in the bagging area in a certain way will avoid the pesky voice. Being in a hurry, being hangry (hungry+angry) or being with a crying baby are never good times to use the self check-out tills.



And so I keep learning…

What have you made peace with recently? Did it feel good to let it go?

  • Annika Ziehen

    any advice on the cling wrap though??

    my nemesis would be CD wrappers. why should it take 10 minutes to open a flipping wrapper?? thank god for iTunes

    • Marita

      ha sorry I still meant to add that! solution is: tupperware :) anything with a lid really! You’re right, CD wrappers are awful nasty things!

  • SarahFidd

    I won the battle with the evil being known as clingfilm too! My solution buy a big catering pack that comes with a snappy thing (don’t know the official word)

    • Marita

      sounds fab Sarah!