Rain, Rain, Please Stay
There it is. The first crackle of thunder. I'm done for. The first pitter patter on the window. I'm hooked. Immediately, a sense of peace washes over my body. Suddenly, I feel like there isn't a thing in the world that can make me feel bad.
What a blessing it is to have RAIN. In almost all it's forms. I like rain when it's calm and peaceful. I like rain when it comes in with a vengeance through a thunderstorm. Okay, I'll admit, is rain my favorite thing when I have to drive in it? Not exactly, but the point is that I like rain almost all of the time.
Rain is a treasure trove of benefits and reminders. Rain reminds us to look through a different lens in this life. Look for the good. You'll find bad along the way, but if you're seeking the good, it will appear. Just like a rainbow at the end of a shower, we are reminded that beautiful things can come from things that don't appear so beautiful at first.
Crops, flowers, trees, animals, and yep, even us. We are all benefiting by rain. Some areas of the world receive an abundance of rain, while some go through droughts. I mean, come onnnn, rain was just meant to be personified. It's symbolic of so many simple, yet important, ideals that we all seem to know, but maybe forget from time to time.
It's so easy to look at the surface of an issue that you may be going through right now. I am not taking away from the hurt, shame, sorrow, guilt, or whatever feelings you may be experiencing in the moment of a tragedy, heartbreak, or loss. All feelings are valid. I just wanted to give a little perspective to anyone who is in a tough spot right now. Just realize that problems and trials are a lot like rain. Giving this old cliche a little twist, what you are going through is just the "storm before the calm". Whatever you are experiencing will pass. Time really does heal. Don't give up and don't forget that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of thinking of this phase of life, or whatever tribulation that's come your way, as a you gasping for air in the middle of the ocean, choose to look at it as you standing in the middle of a shallow puddle. You can walk right out of it, if you choose. It's crazy what a little perspective and time can do if you'll let it.
"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."
- Mohandas K. Gandhi
How many times have you heard that the trials we go through are what shape us? Well, that's true. So, don't get so caught up in the bad, that you forget to look forward to the good that comes from it? Don't see any good that can come from your situation right now? Have faith. You are not given anything you can't handle. You are strong enough. You are good enough. You are going to make a difference. You are going to change the world, or at least some person's world.
Just try and look at things from a different perspective. Like for instance, look at rain as a good thing. If you never give things a chance to get better, they won't. This is your life. No one else's. Don't expect others to make your life what you want it to be. They have their own life and choices to consider. As nice as someone is, or as helpful, won't matter in the long run. People will always disappoint you because you cannot control another person. What you can control, is you. I believe in God and I am proud to say that I am a Christian. Because of my faith, I know that I do have the answer to all the failure, hurt, and sadness. God. He will always be there for me, love me perfectly and unconditionally. I encourage you to seek The Truth, if you don't already have a relationship with Jesus Christ. And getting back to rain, I think this is one of His ways of revealing His love for us and that He is taking care of us.
No matter what you believe, just know that you are loved. Think positive. Act on those positive thoughts. Easier said than done, right? Well, I believe the people who are strongest are the ones who can still think this way when they have been dealt the worst hand of cards. My mom is a great example of this. She has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, but doesn't let it stop her from being the best wife, mom, and nana out there. I still come to her with my "problems". How silly is that? Well, the point is that it's not silly to my mom because she loves me and realizes that everyone has their own set of things they go through. My mom has hard days and she has great days. What I will always respect about my mom the most is her persistence. She never ceases to keep trying to be the best version of herself. My mom makes me realize I have no excuses to keep pushing myself each day too.
We all should just learn to love others and try to display some empathy. It's not about completely understanding someone's situation. Just really trying to step into someone's shoes and understand their feelings goes a long way with people. All my blogs seem to come back to the same message, which is love people. And I am okay with that.
This was supposed to be about rain, right? Well, I tried. Sometimes, I get so passionate and get this overwhelming feeling that I need to say what I am feeling, so I do. All I can do is hope that the following quote from my man, Dale Carnegie, proves to be true someday.
"History has repeatedly been changed by people who had the desire and the ability to transfer their convictions and emotions to their listeners." -Dale Carnegie
I'll work on it.
Until next time,
Certified Senior Care Manager