There are times when we find ourselves experiencing a case of the blues. We may try to deny it. We may discard the feelings and work fruitlessly to minimize it. But with every passing moment, we are faced with the fact that the blues have indeed plagued us.
And we may not even realize how those blues crept up on us. Lost love, a relationship that rode off into the sunset. Missing loved ones, those who have past and no longer fill our lives with their physical presence. Or just a phase that has descended upon us, no matter how many good fortunes we are blessed with. Sometimes, life simply overwhelms us. A series of hassles and frustrations, unintended insults or slights. Hurtful comments, or even worse, being overlooked or ignored.
The blues can overcome us for a few moments, a few hours, or a few days. If we are fortunate, they don’t last much longer. We can find a way to overcome, move on, or in the best-case scenario – learn and grow as a result.
So, what do we do if we find ourselves facing a case of blues?
Tune in. Listen. Sit with the feelings and emotions. Let them flow through you – but don’t let them consume you. Don’t allow them to take over your life, rather than simply have a seat at your table. Dinner ends – life’s a bit longer, God willing.
Those feelings may be terrifying, maybe even earth-shattering. Maybe you’re afraid of too many things to list. Maybe you’re afraid to face your shortcomings, your demons – everything that holds you back from living your best life. Maybe the person you thought you’d spend your life with is someone that you used to love.
The only permanent choice you ever need to make – is to be a good person.
So, shout, scream, cry. Stay in your PJ’s, eat ice cream, and sleep. Do whatever it is you need to do to remedy the blues.
Then stand up, straighten your shoulders, and be a good person. Because at the end of every day, that’s what counts.