Somewhere in the 12-Step Book of Alcoholics Anonymous there is mention of what we recoverying alcholics like to all the "spiritial axiom." Then, most of the time we make a face.
It goes something like -- pure paraphrasing here because I'm too lazy to look it up this morning -- It is a spiritual axiom that whenever anything bothers us, it is usually because something is going on with us.
A.A. is like that -- we keep having to take responsibility for ourselves, turning things over to God, accepting what we cannot change. We are suppose to stop trying to get what we want and practice wanting what we get.
So it can be very frustrating when I'm surrounded by assholes and I can't stand up and tell them they're assholes. I can't storm abound home and office slamming doors and kicking garbage cans. Instead, because I'm so dadgum emotionally healthy, I have to look at what it is inside me that makes me think I'm surrounded by assholes.
Damn it!! I can't even hold on to a good opportunity for self-pity for very long! So I guess I'll take the dog for a walk and enjoy the sunrise.
(Of course, this doesn't mean that one or two of them might not be genuine assholes...)