When I moved three months ago, I went from living on the twelfth floor to the third. And the third floor happens to be one level above the underground parking garage for my building. This in itself is not that big of a deal. However, every few hours there is a large machine that ejects the carbon monoxide buildup that accumulates on the lowest parking level. The carbon monoxide from the cars parking underground could potentially build up and be dangerous if not for this regulating machine.
The only problem is that this machine happens to be loud. Obnoxiously loud. I call it the “LOST monster.” It makes two loud noises every three to four hours. All day. Everyday.
This means that I hear the noise 2-5 times a day without warning. And the potential for frustration and annoyance is sky high.
Fortunately, when I discovered the noise’s cause, I realized I should be thankful for the obnoxious sounds that interrupt my day without warning. It is saving my life and the lives of the drivers in the lower level of the parking garage.
I promptly decided that I would think of something I am thankful for every time I hear the LOST Monster.
What I’ve noticed after befriending the LOST Monster after three months is that the sound itself is no longer annoying or frustrating. Instead, the inconvenience is rendered neutral and I end up feeling more thankful throughout my day. What could have been indescribably annoying has impoved my appreciation for life.
I wonder how many other situations which irritate us on a daily basis could be turned into one of these life enriching practices. A traffic jam? A car honk? A siren? The time it takes for the computer to turn on?
It could have the potential to turn a negative into a positive.