I had a day on Sunday. You know, where I just couldn’t shake my sadness the way I usually can.
Ever have one of those? (If you say no, then you may want to check your pulse.)
As a “happier” writer, and the person people seem to seek out when they want a more optimistic perspective, it isn’t easy to fall into the occasional hole of a less-than-stellar mood.
But, boy, is is necessary. We just might want to be careful what we do while we’re down there, wallowing or figuring it out or whatever.
Moody thoughts are normal. All feelings are not only acceptable, but often necessary. Nothing wrong with that. But, as I teach my kids and grandkids, it’s what you do or say to others during those moods that can have a lasting, negative effect.
So – much as I wanted to “reason” myself out of the funk, I knew what I really had to do:
I just let myself be sad.
As a singing teacher once said to me, “Honey, your mind just has some work to do. Let it do its job, and let go.” (I may be paraphrasing here, but you get the gist)
Sometimes, we just need processing time. Marinating, for you Food Network fans.
Think. Feel. Dwell. But don’t – please, don’t – say mean words, make rash decisions, do hurtful things to another human being until you feel in balance again.
Also, don’t judge yourself for your fall from “happier.” Human, human, human.
To be fair, the day had started out great.