Lately, when I'm frustrated or upset about something, I clean. Now, if you saw my house, you'd probably say, "Hmm. She must not be frustrated or upset very often." Hardy-Har. I don't know why I do it- My 15-year-old self would kick my butt for cleaning when I'm upset. In fact, here's how I'd imagine a conversation would go between my 15-year-old self and my present day self. For future reference, I will refer to 15-year-old Camille as 15C and present Camille as 25C. Okay:
15C: Hi 10 years later Camille. Wow, you've got little lines around the outside of your eyes. What are those?
25C: Shut up, 15-year-old me. That's not why we're here.
15C: Right, oh right. It's because of this cleaning when you're angry business. What are you doing?
25C: I don't see what's so wrong about it. I mean, I'm doing something productive with my frustration, right?
15C: Um, sure, but that's not the point. Don't you remember how to throw a big tantrum? Don't you remember how to stomp upstairs and slam the door? You're turning into... mom!
25C: Blimey. You're right. That is something that Mom would do. What's happening to me?
15C: Exactly. Okay, you're seeing the light. Let's take this thing a little farther- Why are you cleaning?
25C: Honestly, it probably has something to do with a pity party? Like, woe is me. I'm frustrated and now I'm cleaning too. Nobody mind me. I'll just keep cleaning and working until I die.
15C: Oh, so it's kind of like when I say, "Fine! I'm not hungry! I just won't ever eat again!" I can get behind that- a good pout is all that business is.
25C: Okay, glad we can agree. Also, I'm sure you're glad to know that you haven't really grown up any 10 years from now.
15C: Yeah, except for those lines outside your eye.
25C: They're laugh lines!! They show character and joy, thank you very much! And if you didn't spend so much time in the sun maybe we wouldn't have this problem with these lines!
15C: Yeah, well at least I'm tan and have a rocking metabolism.
25C: Low blow, 15-year-old Camille. Low blow.
Referring to the frustration pouting, though. Good verse: You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Is. 26:3