For the Drab Days

November 16, 2012


Yesterday was gray and cold.

I found myself waking up after eight in the morning because I’d been restfully waiting for the sunrise to draw me out of bed.

No sunrise.

No sun.


My treasured friend ran off last summer to live in the land of eternal gray. She loves it. 

I’m happy for her.

Of course you already know I do not share her affection.


Sometimes the gray is fun. I’ll admit it. 

But sometimes it’s just cold and just gray and it’s the ultimate backdrop of gloom for  an already drab kind of week.


Maybe you are like me, and find yourself permeated by the gray when it surrounds you. 

Or maybe your drab days look different. Maybe for you it’s sun and heat.

Or a cranky boss. Or an obstinate child.


Whatever the case may be, if you find yourself in the middle of a day that you just wish were over, here’s what I suggest: music.

Not drab melancholy music to feed your mood.

Happy music. To change your mood.

You might think I’m crazy, but I promise it works.


Happy music is different for everybody. You’ll have to find what works for you. 

For me it’s a smooth voice with a big band behind it. The kind of music that makes me feel like I’m Audrey Hepburn wandering through a  Nora Ephron movie all at the same time.

Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and of course Dean Martin.

This one does the trick every time…



I grab my girls and make them dance with me. And before the song is even over, the gray is gone. I’m reminded of happy movies that make me think of people I love and somehow I fall completely in love with the moment I’m in. Gray and all.


Sometimes we’re in a bad mood and need a good swift kick.

Sometimes we’re just having a pity party and need to fix our eyes on our Redeemer.

But sometimes, we’re just a little down and need to cheer up.

I’ve found that a happy song that stirs cheerful thoughts can be just the thing to remind me of the truth I so easily forget on a drab day: that life is beautiful.


Yes it’s hard. But it’s not only hard. Even if it’s always hard, it’s not only hard.

It’s beautiful too.

Remind yourself. Look for the beauty. The drab will disappear.

3 Friendly Notes

  • November 19, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Love it sis! I listened to Dean Martin on Pandora until I fell asleep last night! Hahaha Your words are always encouraging, thank you for sharing them :)

  • November 27, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Happy music is our recipe for getting outta our funk too! I can just see you dancing with the girls the same way I dance with my crazy kiddos :) Thanks for sharing!! <3

  • November 29, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    What a beautiful life your girls are living, and fun memories for later! You’re the best mom Ash! I LOVE this song! Makes me want to watch Fools Rush In. :)

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