It’s another rainy/snowy day!
Isn’t this porch setting inviting? Although I enjoy being in my sun(less) room on dark, dreary days, I long to sit outside on my “back porch” deck. We had it redone at the very end of last summer and haven’t been able to really enjoy it yet. We still have work to be done (pathway connecting the deck to the patio and gate) and the crew is patiently waiting for the ground to thaw. Me, I’m not so patient. I’m ready to see the sun shine.
I was a few days behind on my morning reading due to a few deadlines (love those), so I had a little catching up to do. Today I read from one of my all-time favorite books “Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” (love the title) by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It was just what I needed. I thought I would share it with you in case anyone else has a case of the “Blues“. When dark clouds hover, what should you do besides holding on and riding out the storm? You have two choices. One is simply to give in, stop resisting. You’ve got the blues, so sing them, baby. But before you do:
Ask for grace. Then have a good cry
Leave work early.
Take a nap and try to sleep it off.
Indulge – without guilt – in something purely for medicinal reasons, like a piece of cheesecake or a bowl of Haagen-Dazs, but don’t eat it standing in front of the refrigerator. Sit down, eat your treat slowly and savor it.
If you have the energy, fix comfort food for dinner tonight. If you don’t, fix something simple like soup and sandwiches.
Rent a a three-hanky movie.
Put the kids to bed early.
Soak in a hot tub.
Raid you comfort drawer.
Pull up the covers and snuggle down.
Find five things for which to be grateful.
Turn out the light.
The alternative blues-kicker is to shift gears:
Ask for grace.
Call a good friend and talk.
Put the kettle on for a fresh pot of tea.
Wash your face, comb your hair, put on some lipstick, perfume, and earings. Smile at yourself in the mirror.
Straighten the living room so that you can find a place to sit down.
Take a walk around the block and clear your head.
If you’re working in an office, give yourself permission to put off that new project at work until tomorrow when you can concentrate. Instead, clean your desk and organize your papers.
One the way home treat yourself to a bouquet of daffodils.
Peruse your cookbooks and prepare something different for dinner.
No matter which route you take, within twenty-four hours the day will be over. Tomorrow should be better, But it it’s not, nor the next day, or the next, then know that it’s okay to ask for help from friends, a support group, a therapist, a doctor, or you Higher Power. Dark days come to all of us. Yet discouraging days bring with them golden opportunities when we can learn to be kind to ourselves. Believe it or not, today offers you a hidden gift, if you’re willing to search for it.
I hope something from the snippet spoke to you if you needed it. Take care and maybe tomorrow there will be sunshine.
Funny…. as I was typing this, the crew came to work on the walkway. I guess they decided not to wait for the sun.