In Others’ Words: The Blues
“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.” ~Duke Ellington (1899-1974), composer & big band leader
Y’all know I love quotes.
I especially love the quotes that set me back on my heels and make me go, “Huh.”
That’s how I reacted to what Duke Ellington said — only I smiled when I said, “Huh,” and then I had my husband read the quote.
Here’s the thing about pouting: We all do it. The question is: What do we do with it? Do we let it squelch our creativity — or energize it?
I admit to pouting that sometimes tips over to sulking. But the older I get, the less time I spend in a funk. I give myself an allotted time to be in a bad mood — and then I move on. And you know what? Usually I’m over the mood before the time is up.
Maybe the next time I feel a pout coming on I’ll try the Duke Ellington method and write me some blues — or maybe the next scene in my work-in-progress.
In Your Words: How do you handle a pout? Have you ever turned a funky mood into a creativity session?0 I like this!