I was cranky today for most of the day. This is unacceptable because I know that cranky is a choice and can change in an instant. I even had a somewhat social event this evening and carried my crankiness there. I just wasn’t into it – or into others.
It’s not a victim type cranky, just a pebble-in-my-shoe type cranky. My husband is out of town – lucky for him. That said, the one thing I have learned is to be open and honest when I am cranky. I let him (and others, like my team members back in my corporate days) know so he can filter my responses.
This is not making an excuse for crankiness, but it is helpful, I think, to those around me so they don’t take my actions and words to mean something they don’t. That would be a double tragedy because then I could make someone else cranky.
I get over these phases quickly. I think today was cranky-producing because I let my hectic schedule get to me. I look forward to a few days coming up with nothing on the schedule but writing.
So…. what about you? Do you share how you are feeling with those around your? Do your team members and peers have to guess what’s going on with you?
We are all human (we are, right?) and we have our moments of whining, frustration, impatience, and crankiness. Keep yours contained by letting others know what’s going on. It’s like using tissues, washing your hands, and wiping down your door knobs when you have a cold – it’s the common courtesy needed to keep bad things from spreading!
I also tell people when I am silly, fried, or need to be alone. It makes it easier for people to understand where I am coming from. I do this until I jerk myself out of the funk and back to my usual self – which should not take too long.
Buffaloes always seem cranky, but I am sure that they have their moments of bliss, too. Perhaps their grunts soften a bit and this is a sign that life is good in the pasture. Here’s a carrot eating fellow from Florida. If I had all that fur in Florida, I would be cranky all the time. The look he gave me said, "take me to Washington, please." That could have backfired on him, though, I think we eat more buffalo here than in the south.
Note: This cranky buffalo picture was made to look more bright, colorful, and pleasant (like my current disposition) by fellow blogger and professional photo enhancer James Shewmaker. He has a special method to augment imperfect pictures with Color Intensity Enhancement. Find out more at Qwerty.us.
Light, color, action!