In Others’ Words: Energizing the Blues
I love the quotes that set me back on my heels and make me go, “Huh.”
That’s exactly how I reacted to what Duke Ellington said — only I smiled when I said, “Huh,” and then I told my husband he had to read the quote, too.
Let’s just all admit we pout. The question isn’t really what do we do about the pouting. It’s more: What do we do with it? Do we let our moodiness squelch our creativity — or do we find a way to use the negative emotions to energize us?
I admit to pouting that sometimes tips over to outright sulking. But the older I get, the less time I spend in a funk. I’ve learned to give myself a limited amount of time to be in a bad mood — an hour or maybe even an afternoon — and then I move on. And you know what? Usually I’m over the mood before the allotted 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?
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