Irritation, like love, is part of of the human experience.
Zen Master: How are you today?
Student: I’m irritated.
Zen Master: Good.
Student: Zen Master, I’ve been practicing loving kindness meditation every day but I’m still so irritated by that person. Am I doing something wrong?
Zen Master: Well, if that loving kindness bullshit doesn’t work, then get a voodoo doll. Beanie babies work well for that.
Student: (hysterical laughter) That’s awesome.
Zen Master: If you’re irritated, be irritated.
–Sunday afternoon Zen interview with an FMZO Zen Master