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Every day is not blue skies and sunshine. Some days it rains and this is a normal and expected part of life. And the same is true for us as well. Some days we’re just kind of blue and this too is okay.

We don’t have to live long to realize we don’t get everything we want in life. In fact, we’re often left with many questions without answers when life doesn’t turn out as we had desired.

And while we still live by faith and anchor our hope in God, this doesn’t remove the many griefs still in our journey.

Many things in this life are not as they should be, or, at the very least, not as we want them to be. And naturally this makes us sad.

To be sure, being sad is not the problem. But it is important to handle our blues well.

For instance, some are all too quick to run from the discomfort – attempting to drown it out with busyness, chasing the next high, or other forms of self-medication.

And, on the other hand, are those who get stuck in their grief and come to believe their life will be one tragedy after the next – always waiting for the next shoe to drop.

Honoring our blues allows us to avoid these extremes.

We don’t have to run from our sorrows and can learn to sit in the soil of melancholy – allowing the blues to deepen and enrich our souls.

And we can remember the rain doesn’t last forever. Even rainy seasons eventually pass.

Whether through crying or quietly contemplating, listening to sad music or journaling, the blues helps us to live fully through the many ups and downs of life.

In the end, there’s a time for the blues. Remember to honor this experience throughout your life and relationships.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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