“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
Of course another reaction to frustration may be to throw things around and yell and scream but ultimately that can lead to even more cleaning up than crying. I have known frustration. That of trying to learn something or do it perfectly and falling short time and time again. I have also known the frustration of falling short of my expectations of myself tho more often than not that came from a point of believing better of myself than I actually was at the time. I know the frustration of computer crashes. Even moreI have known the frustration of seeing how much hurt there is in the world and not being able to help enough. Sometimes I have even been aware of another’s pain and I did not know how or whether to give solace and that is a frustration in its own right. Lately I have been able to see the element in myself that is the sad clown and find amusement in that image. May our frustrations never give into despair no matter how many times we try and don’t succeed. The only true failure comes from not making the attempt.
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