Apr 3, 2012

Cantankerous Cranky Pants

Do you let your mood spill over into your writing, or when dealing with clients?  That wouldn't be a bad thing if you're in a pleasant mood, but it could be disastrous if your mood is more foul.

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If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it might be better to get the kinks worked out before dealing with the public, or penning something that you might regret later.

Anyone who knows me knows that I can be cantankerous and moody, and what goes on around me often affects how I deal with other things throughout my day.  There has been more than one occasion where Ms Cranky-Pants has taken over and I've been less than neighborly to people who have done nothing to warrant my ire, and while it's a fault that I recognize and try to reign in, I'm not always successful.  If you've ever been on the receiving end of my wrath, I apologize publicly to you here and now.  I'm really not a mean old lady ... promise.

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People who work telephone customer service are trained to smile while taking a call, even though the person they're speaking with can't see it.  It's supposed to be almost impossible to be cross with someone when you're smiling, so if your day isn't going well, take a minute to find reason to break into a grin before pushing onward.  Roughhouse with the dog, play peek-a-boo with the baby, take a walk through your flower garden and let the sunshine give you a mental boost.

If you can't tear yourself away from the computer, open another tab to view the cute puppies and kittens that your friends post on Facebook.  I don't know anyone whose mood wouldn't be brightened, and that quick break might be just what Ms Cranky-Pants needs.


  1. Meh, I get it. I'm the same way. :-P

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  3. I'm not touching this one. I almost fell out of the chair reading it. Are you sure you're OK today? :)

  4. Love the title!

    I can slip into that mode with spam callers. I even have a few come-backs. Got a call from someone, who claimed to be raising money for Vietnam Veterans, and I actually said:

    "Thank you, but I already have one." (Silence on the other end of the line.) That wasn't on the script.

    I'm all for supporting vets, by the way. After all, I married one. We have several in the family. Just don't call me at dinnertime for shady-sounding non-military fund-raisers. ;-)

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  5. The smiling thing really works! I have used the technique many times!

  6. Good advice. On the other hand, some of my best work comes from Miss Cranky pants. LOL

  7. I'm loving the title of this post! And, yes, I do sometimes tend to have a sharper tongue (or keyboard, or pen) when I'm in a bad mood, too!

  8. I love the title and completely agree with you!

  9. Loved this one! If I'm cranky, it definitely shows on my Facebook posts. Hell, I'll even tell people I'm cranky and to leave me alone LOL

  10. So true! Yea, I tend to go dig in my garden or do chores when I'm cranky...may as well be productive while I'm working it off, right?

  11. I have been known to write articles, usually to try and see the funny side of things, when I am in a cranky mood and people/things have wound me up to breaking point.

    They don't always get a lot of visitors, but it feels good to get it off my chest.