Imagine all of the obstacles a person might have to overcome if he were to walk from
New York City to San Francisco. One man who accomplished this rare achievement mentioned a
rather surprising difficulty when asked to tell of his biggest hurdle. He said that the
toughest part of the trip wasn't traversing the steep slopes of the mountains or crossing
hot, dry, barren stretches of desert. Instead, he said, "The thing that came the
closest to defeating me was the sand in my shoes."
C. Swindoll, Growing Strong, p. 163.
Two drunks were in a railroad station at midnight, discussing the difference between
irritation, aggravation, and frustration. They couldn't agree. One finally said,
"I'll show you the difference." He went to the phone booth, circled a number in
the book and called it. After ringing and ringing, it was finally answered. "Is Ned
there?" "NO! There's no Ned here," and the phone was slammed down.
"That's irritation," he said to his friend. After another 20 minutes he called
again. The phone rang and rang. Finally someone answered and the drunk asked, "Is Ned
there?" The answer came back, "There is no Ned here! I told you before!"
--SLAM. "That's aggravation," he said to his partner. Another 20 minutes went
by, and the drunk said, "Now I'll show you frustration," and he made another
call. Finally the phone was answered, "I told you before, there's no Ned
here!!!" "But this is Ned--any messages for me?"