Video: The Art of Feeling Frustrated

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the short video below:

“. . . the act of feeling frustrated is an essential part of the creative process. Before we can find the answer — before we can even know the question — we must be immersed in disappointment, convinced that a solution is beyond our reach. We need to have wrestled with the problem and lost.”





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11 thoughts on “Video: The Art of Feeling Frustrated

  1. That was just what I needed – a bit of encouragement! Everything is a process. As a Zumba instructor, there are times when I experience a block or I am at a loss for choreographing a certain part of a song and it is frustrating. The first question that comes to mind is “what the heck am I doing teaching a Zumba class at 47 years old?!” Doubt, insecurities, frustration, creep in like an unwelcome guest. Things come together when you continue to press forward. A beautiful dance is created (some better than others), but there is a feeling of satisfaction, accomplishment, and joy. People experience change and growth on the part of the artist and the viewer. Let’s allow ourselves to be creative – it is a very powerful gift and pleasure in life.

    1. Glad to be of service. I should have figured out from other comments that you are a Zumba instructor. Where do you teach (tell me offline)? Since I’m up your way frequently, with kids there, maybe I’ll give your class a try. As long as you promise not to laugh at my inability to follow directions.

  2. What a cute & creative video! Hmm, frustration – I’m on more intimate terms with him than I’d like to be. He visits almost daily and I dread answering the door when he knocks. Maybe I should just roll out the welcome mat instead of fighting him. It appears he has a necessary role in the process. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very cool video, Sara! I think the book that was mentioned is the same one Kristen Lamb is reading (or just read). Sounds fascinating. What a great way to reframe frustration.

    1. I’d like to say great minds think alike but I’m not sure I’m in her category . . . yet. Did she talk about the book in one of her blog posts?

  4. Thanks for sharing this video. I never knew this was a process that always occurs before a breakthrough. I do know it always feels like I’m entering unknown territory every time I’m pulling out a new story.

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