Welcome to my first post on CIC. I’m tickled to be here – which might seem strange, considering that I’ve decided to focus on a rather nasty emotion today: frustration.
(As in, I'm frustrated that I'm so late posting today – sigh.)
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time we've contemplated such a negative feeling at CIC. At other times, we’ve talked about jealousy, anger, sadness, fear, stress, and confusion – all of which can lead to frustration – for authors and characters alike. If we’re not careful, jealousy can urge us to resent our own place in life, anger can make us feel as powerless as a crawfish to change other creatures' behavior, and crippling emotions like sadness, fear, and confusion can turn into disappointment with ourselves.
Even our recent “training and education” discussion revealed a few frustrations in our little community, so I know I’m not alone in feeling frustrated at times.
So, what’s caused you frustration in the past – or at this very moment? An inability to do or have something you want? Someone else’s actions or words?
Litterbugs at a public beach?
People who dress up their pets?
Well, what have you done to deal with such frustration? Or are you still a work-in-progress (so to speak)?
Authors and characters are all welcome to participate. I’m sure at least a few of us have a frustration or two. So, let’s hear it! Just remember, this is a community of acceptance – so let's try not to unleash our frustrations on one another.
Maybe if we air our troubles – and try to deal with them – we'll be able to sleep more easily in the future.