Frustration: the act of being frustrated.

Frustrated: disappointed, thrwarted, dissatisfied.

These definitions even frustrate me because they don’t really come near to the reality of the frustration I feel right now.  It is stress oozing out of every pore of my being.

“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” A guy named Bo Bennett said that.  Who is Bo Bennett? Well, he’s a husband, father, martial artist, motivational speaker, amateur comedian, programmer, author and business man. He started his first business at age 10 and since then has sold numerous businesses for anywhere from $1 to $20 million.

So, I’m guessing this guy must know a little bit about success. If frustration is part of it maybe I need to be accepting it rather than finding reasons to try to push it away.

The deal is I’m trying to begin an online magazine.  I have articles written. A photographer has taken pictures. Other pictures have been scanned in. For several months now I’ve been planning and working on this. I know what I want to do and how I want it to look but I just can’t get the pieces to fall into place.

I’ve heard it said that frustration is just veiled anger.  And if that is true, then I think it must be myself I’m angry with.  I’m angry because I am not making this happen by the time frame I wanted it to happen. I’m angry because I have all the pieces but I can’t figure out how the puzzle fits together. I’m angry because I feel stupid and old and frustrated.

I do have to agree with Bo, however.  I’ve learned an awful lot about what doesn’t work and those things I can just check off the list of how to make it work. That must mean I’m closer to a solution.

It makes sense, then, to embrace the frustration and work through it with a fresh start tomorrow.  My daughter tells me older brains work better in the morning.  I guess we’ll see if that is true.

By the way, my definition of frustrated is to have a mental picture of  yourself dressed in a toga, screaming nonsensical syllables at the top of your lungs, running madly down the middle of I-70 pulling your hair out and beating a bass drum.  Just a mental picture, mind you, because if you actually did that you would be called insane. The two words, though,  are extremely close together in my dictionary.


Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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