I read back into that incident as being insignificant and realize that I reacted poorly in that situation. What’s meaningful in my life definitely includes my family and especially my children. What has absolutely no meaning was a spill on the carpet.
From a larger perspective, one has to think about life in general. David Thoreau said that we live a life of quiet desperation...a "someday I will do this/go there" while we go through the daily grind. We must set priorities and actively planning and working toward your objectives. Are you taking care of your health, your body, spending quality time with those who are important to you…making progress toward your goals and life purpose or just “going through the motions” each day?
I met a very cheerful man on a plane ride who kept joking around and I asked him what he felt was his secret to happiness, what advice he could give me about life. He became totally serious, thoughtful, and finally replied, "Don't be afraid to change things." He then talked about being a repossessor as his first job. He hated the job...seeing children crying and hurting poor families as he took back possessions for the bank and decided to quit even though he didn't have another job to turn to.
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari