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The Sun Will Come out Tomorrow. Wednesday September 17, 2014

They say that one of the definitions of middle age is that you still think that you will feel better tomorrow.

While watching the film Annie this afternoon with my husband and children this struck me with particular force, both in the short term and long term.

The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
there'll be sun
Just thinkin' about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow till' there's none

When I'm stuck in the day that's grey and lonely
I just stick up my chin and grin and say oh

The sun'll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on
till' tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow
You're always a day away!

It rings bells for me in the short term as I have had for the past four days now some 'flu like virus that makes me ache all over, and feel utterly exhausted. Each night, downing my painkillers and lemon tea, I am convinced I will feel better tomorrow. Each morning, waking up to more pain, I resolve to give it another twenty four hours (and yes, folks, the GP will now get a call tomorrow even if I'm convinced her counsel will be "Take aspirin and fluids and ride it out").

For the long term, my advice to myself and to others going through depression is "hold on" it does get better – eventually – honest.

But, being strictly honest, it's not always, or often, tomorrow; or even next week. The sun will come out again maybe next month, or next season, or next year.

So until it does come out again, hold on; subject yourself to feel-good films like Annie (for me personally, anything with the toothily charming, but always ne'er-do-well, Tim Curry is wonderful) and if it feels more like a "Hard Knock Life" than "Easy Street", you can probably still raise a rueful grin at the idea that "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile."

And, you never know, the sun may indeed come out tomorrow. Let's hope it does.

A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 6:07am

Thank you Mary. Love from the ratg.

Lex McKee Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 6:22am

Hi Mary, I wish you a rapid recovery...
...and you are highlighting "the power of distraction" to help us wedding to "the power of choice" - choosing the distractions that work best.
I think we have so many brains, they can be hard to count. But it is the conscious mind that can play close attention to how we are feeling emotionally and physically, or can have that attention distracted by something more useful for awhile.

As for Dearest RATG... I feel a DVD or two might be passed under the doors of the Executive Toilets!!! Love, love, love... might not be all you need but, hey, it's a great start!!!

orangedog73 Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 6:51am

Thanks Mary. I certainly don't subject myself to enough feel-good things - whether it's a film or listening to music or reading a good book. Think I always feel a bit selfish that I'm spending time on me but I'm beginning to realise I need to look after myself.

I wondered if anyone would like to be a buddy?

Rupert Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 8:10am

A nice simple blog Mary! Orangedog73 I have wondered about having a buddy and wondered if that helped.

Anonymous Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 9:28am

Get well soon, Mary, from all your ills, aches and pains x x x

Anonymous Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 10:36am

Hi Mary, there's a buddhist saying that the sun is always there; sometimes it just covered by the clouds. You will see it again soon. Continue to be good to yourself!

Anonymous Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 12:37pm

Thank you very much Mr xx. I'm being very precise in how I handle myself. Which, in itself, is big progress. Love accepted with gratitude. Ratg.

Anonymous Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 12:39pm


Anonymous Wed, Sep 17th 2014 @ 4:23pm

We must hang in there because the sun will come out tomorrow....One of the principles of NAMI is that we EXPECT our futures to improve in a realistic way...I say this to myself and to my Higher Power many times a day to reinforce that better times are coming...thanks for sharing..DaveB

orangedog73 Thu, Sep 18th 2014 @ 4:12pm

Hi Rupert - I've heard that it does help quite a few.

Suzy Thu, Sep 18th 2014 @ 8:09pm

Loved this post Mary. And I love Annie too! The perfick film to curl up to when poorly sick - especially if hugging a hot water bottle and supping a hot-toddy.
Get well soon Mary x

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