Remedy for a Bad Day (or How to turn it around)

No HYGGE?  Just say, “PYT!”

Street sculpture in Brussels

Last month I wrote a blogpost about the Danish concept of “Hygge” and how its blood pressure reducing effects can be achieved anywhere.  (HYGGE YOURSELF – January 29)  Basically, we need to learn what it means to seriously “chill.”   But sometimes our best laid plans to hygge just don’t pan out the way we expected – time constraints, family tensions, or just realizing we’re out of tea can put a kibosh on our attempts to  enjoy some laid back quiet time.  Suddenly, the idyllic moments of hygge are not to be had.  So what do we do now?

A rare moment of meltdown

I just read an article in BBC about another interesting Danish concept with an even more interesting word – “PYT” (pronounced “pyd”).  It’s the magical word the Danes use when things don’t quite work out the way they intended.  And it’s actually a very empowering, freedom-instilling word because it implies acceptance of what is given at the moment and moving on.  No sitting around acting like a victim, licking wounds and throwing a pity party.  Pyt is an unimpressive little word but its meaning is very strong.  (“Don’t worry about it, Move on, It’s all OK, Never mind, Be happy.”)  It comes in handy especially when traveling.

*No caption necessary

Hakuna Matata (cue the song from “The Lion King”) has the same meaning in East Africa.  And many other cultures have this same notion.

Greek – “Endaksee.”

French – “Pas de souci.”

Spanish – “De Nada.” 

Italian – “Non fa niente.”

Aussies – “No worries, mate.”

And if you’re ever in NY city or New Jersey you’ll hear, “Fuggedaboudit!”

Case in point, you still have control over your blood pressure if you remember to choose to say “pyt” rather than  “sh**”, and instead of raising an offensive finger, try this:

Hawaiian Shaka – “Just Hang Loose”

And if all else fails, just self-medicate with a small scoop of icecream….IMG_5200 (2)

…or better yet crank up the music and bust out your best dance moves…

The grandsons getting their silly dance on

If anything, it will make people wonder what you’ve been up to.

(*The photo of the tent in the tree was the result of a high winds camping fiasco.  I’m sure you have your own stories.  I’d love to hear them in the comments section!)

3 thoughts on “Remedy for a Bad Day (or How to turn it around)

  1. John Redden Lewis

    I sure do enjoy your post, you know living on the east coast is quite different; I recognize the hussle bussle whenever I come back from Oregon/ where redden and meg live

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    Hi Melanie,

    Love and hugs to you and Richard. I just viewed a YouTube video by Darlene Zschech, ‘The Table’, that so reminded me of you and your Sunday evening worship times. So I thought I’d reach out to you guys. I love your blogposts. They are reflective of your heart in so many good ways. The one below, ‘Remedy for a Bad Day (or How to turn it around) is therapy for the clouds of depression that continue to hover over me. But in some ways it’s like saying, ‘Let go and let God.’ Easy to say, not so easy to do. I’m working on it.

    I have finally produced an album. It’s called ‘Lead Me Home’ and features nine original songs. Just me and my guitar. Here’s the link: I also have a new facebook page, ‘Soft Christian Americana’ which comes closest to describing my music. Frankly, I’m in a niche pretty much all by myself. I’ve never been one to follow the lemmings, lol. But it’s me and I’m okay with that. I can’t be someone or something I’m not and I ain’t Chris Tomlin or Matthew West. I’m me. I’d appreciate your thoughts and maybe even a little encouragement. Moving to Georgia is so much harder than we ever believed. Both Kay and I are frequently discouraged. We left our two sons and our beloved Colorado. To be sure, we enjoy our daughter and grandchild – Emmaline, age 14, but that relationship isn’t exactly what we had hoped for. So here we are among guns, roses and pork. We live in the country and there are no biking or hiking trails. I run daily but alongside narrow country roads where pickups and even semi’s speed by much too close. But I have a 5-mile course that takes me through some beautiful country. The church here is loving but oh so conservative with hymn books and some song leaders that are determined to sing 1900s hymns too slow and with all four verses. A cappella, faces looking down of course. There’s much more and it’s not all gloomy (even if the weather is so much of the time). It will warm and sticky up soon enough 😊

    Thank you for being there and being a friend. Relationships are so important. I draw strength from ‘the church’ as we define it – not by what’s inside a building but by what’s inside our hearts.

    Keep on keeping on. And if you haven’t done one of your Sunday evening worships recently, I urge you to try. You and Richard make a difference.


    Acoustic Guitarist

    Christian Americana

    Pike County, Georgia

    Kenny Noble (Cortes)

    Cell/text: 720.988.0543

    Phil 4:13


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