Learn how to turn frustration into fascination. You will learn more being fascinated by life than you will by being frustrated by it. Jim Rohn
Anyone out there fighting frustration? Feeling like the day’s not going according to the plan. Little things like a slow driver, a grumpy cashier, a whiny friend or a nervous stomach are setting you off more than usual.
I have been experiencing this lately. I thought it was because of the news, the demands of my part-time jobs or this messy house, except those are not new issues. Something else was draining me. For the last couple of weeks demands on my day are beginning earlier than usual. Classrooms to visit, a doctor’s appointment, a workshop, and a medical procedure were altering my morning routine and I wasn’t writing morning pages. For nine days!!!
Morning pages (see Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way) are three journal pages written upon first waking up. Mine contain pieces of remembered dreams, unfinished business, things I need to do, different perspectives on troubling information. I’ve been writing them for years now, only occasionally missing a day or two. It’s my way of getting in touch with my Muse, my spirit, my more creative self.
Maybe I thought I wasn’t needing them, that my busy-ness was enough. I know that weeks of not having enough to do can be troubling. But this ongoing frustration, albeit low grade, had a solution. This morning I picked up my pen and began to talk to the page again. Ah, much better.
Fascinating…to think that a 30 minute session in the morning could make such a positive difference in my well being.