Sure as hell isn't always easy.
My predicament. I am a very professional person at work and one thing I am admit about is not bring in personal events, issues, irritations and/or problems with me. Work is work and I am paid to do my job not bitch about my life. However, recently I've had this woman, probably a volunteer mother, calling me for the specially Olympics. We donate a good sum of money every year. Seeing that I am charged of accounts payable and receivable it is my responsibility to handle these things. However, any large donations must be passed by the boss first for approval. Currently my boss is a bit MIA due to a massive increase in work. So I have to speak to this woman at least 3 - 4 times a week.
In ever damned conversation we've had she keeps says the following, "OH, God bless your heart", "Bless you", "You have a blessed, evening", and OOOO my favorite "With God it's always blessed" and so on.
I think my irritation comes from the fact that she makes me feel like I did before I came out openly as an atheist and its frustrating. When people would say these things to me and I couldn't say anything back out of fear of retribution. I understand the difference between the two, one was because I was kid and afraid while this is because I am at work and must remain professional. However, the feeling is still the same and every time she says it I want to throw my phone out the window then drive over it with a steam roller several hundred times.