Thursday, November 15, 2007

Frustration & in Search of the Silver Lining

Frustration, also known in the thesaurus as: annoyance, bitter pill, blocking, blow, bummer, chagrin, circumvention, contravention, curbing, defeat, disgruntlement, dissatisfaction, downer, drag, failure, fizzle, foiling, grievance, hindrance, impediment, irritation, letdown, non fulfillment, non success, obstruction, old one-two, resentment, setback, thwarting, unfulfillment, vexation. The antonym is: encouragement.

It's one of those days that I'm hitting the veritable brick wall. Why do we do what we do? Is it ingrained in us, the 'ole work ethic, to keep on going, chugging along, reaching for that brass ring? It's on the days that I feel (pick a word above), I must become my own cheerleader. Rah, rah, sis boom bah (note, I was only a cheerleader when I was about 9 or 10 and that didn't last long!) That's what needs to be done. Otherwise, we'll just wither away on the vine. While the (see antonym above) is always appreciated, one must learn that others have not been brought up in the same universe as you have. What makes the most sense and what you would think would be the "best thing" is not always what happens. (Looking for the pom poms now...) If I can look in the mirror and say to myself that I did the best that I could do and did what I (plus me and myself) felt needed to be done to complete the day, then that's what matters (Insert cartwheel, flip and handstand here).

Don't get me wrong, there's still that devil sitting on my other shoulder, saying "stick it to them", "why bother?" and "what, are you stupid?" That's when one of my favorite idioms sticks in my head: "what goes around comes around". Or, as "My Name is Earl" says: KARMA. That's when I shake that devil's hand, go back to finishing what I'm doing and get a good night's sleep.

Pleasant dreams to you all!
and Good Karma! R.


Kriss said...

Pick the high road. And in the end, you will hold your head high. It would only feel good temporarily to "stick it to 'em". I believe what goes around, comes around. People always get what they deserve...you may not be around to witness it, but it happens.

Kris said...

Turns out your silver lining was made with water-based ink, and it ~has~ been raining all day. You really should the try the Ranger Alcohol Ink silver linings - they are much more durable. ;-)
When you find yours, look to see if mine is attached ... it seems to be missing too.

Maybe you should pick up your nearest cat and get some fuzz therapy - it'll help.
Kris :)

inky said...

Knotty, Knotty she's our gal,
We're so glad that she's our pal!

Just a little cheerleaderin' fer ya!

Good karma and kisses,


Rachel Greig said...

Ohhh Robin - I'm starting to find the silver lining in my hair - literally!

Hugs to you!

Wendy said...

You can call me & I'll cheer loud & clear!!

Margot Potter said...


I'll be your cheerleader!

If you need an ear or a cheer or a hug, count me in.


Jean said...

Isn't it funny, how you see other people. I think that everything you make and do is so lovely, it never occurred to me that you could ever have these feelings!!! If you ever need a cheerleader just for a sec, before you take over one more time, Robin, just give me a call!!! xox jean!