"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." I have had a poster with those words on it hanging in my various offices for almost ten years. It is one of my favorite phrases. It sounds so simple doesn't it? But trying to put a positive spin on a crappy situation is not always so easy to do.
I'll admit it, I go through funk moods -- you know, those times when you are feeling overwhelmed and focus on what is NOT going well in your life instead of what is going right. Sometimes these moods are brief and other times they seem to linger for far longer than I care to admit. Shaking the gloom and doom thinking can be a bit challenging at times.
I find that these funk moods often translate into great bursts of inspiration and creativity. I scold myself for being such a stick in the mud and focus all of my energy on improving the situation. This may involve writing, spending some time with friends or having some time to myself.
Other times, I am inspired by the lives of others. Perhaps it is the student who beats the unsurmountable odds and walks despite their physical. Or maybe it is the person who, despite their personal struggles, maintains their positive spirit. You've met these people -- they fill your soul with warmth. People like Kevin Connolly. Talk about making lemonade! You've got to check out his work. If that doesn't inspire you, I don't know what will.
What do you do when you experience a funk mood? Post your responses! I'll talk more next time about funk moods in our kids.