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Got the blues? Scrub the floor.

That strategy for dealing with the blues comes from author, D.H. Lawrence who said:

“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.”

When we find ourselves singing the blues, it’s good to be reminded that we can punch the “pause” button, take a break from life’s troubles, and practice the therapy of manual work.

“When life doesn’t make sense, make yourself useful.”

Adding to this, philosopher Bertrand Russell reminds us that we all have two powerful resources for dealing with the blues: mirth and cheerfulness.

“Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.”

In other words, after punching the “pause” button, we can punch the “play” button: we can watch for moments when flashes of playfulness, humor and mirth can light up a gloomy day.

Then, we can open the windows of the mind…and let in the daylight of cheerfulness.

We can’t eliminate the blues, of course. They are part of life.

But a strategy for dealing with them can help keep us singing.