There is nothing more soothing to me than listening to the rain. I wait for days like this because they are few and far between where I am from. I don’t know what it is that makes me feel so relaxed but it is one of the rare times I don’t feel like I should be doing 100 different things. The rain is like therapy for me so you can bet I’m going to take advantage of it every chance I get. How about you? Do you like the rain?
It’s funny how the smallest things can remind me of a time so long ago. Growing up I had an aunt who had a front porch swing. I remember spending hours on it singing songs and listening for the trains. I think about it randomly from time to time and it always puts a smile on my face.
It’s raining here today. Almost at the same time, Chase and I met at the back door with blankets in hand. Oddly enough, we both love to sit outside and listen to the rain.
I try too hard sometimes to plan events for the kids to look back on and remember. Today it dawned on me that I don’t need to do it at all. I can only hope that someday Chase sits outside with his own son or daughter and remembers how the two of us used to sit quietly together and enjoy the rain.
Memories are so unique and come in the simplest form. What is a memory you cherish still today? What do you hope someone remembers about you someday?
I love a storm at night. There is nothing more peaceful and comforting to me than the sound of rain as I drift off to sleep.
What is something that that brings you that feeling of peace?
Today is a lazy, rainy day. I’m not sure what it is exactly but days like this allow me to feel very relaxed. I don’t have that gnawing pull that makes me believe I should be doing something, accomplishing something. Sometimes I can tackle more after a meditative day than I can during one where I remain regimented. I am choosing to relax and to read today and enjoying the freedom I feel to just be. My husband is traveling so I am taking on both our roles. With extra responsibility comes extra love and patience with myself. If I am not taking care of me, how in the world can I help anyone else? I can if I force myself to but my attitude won’t be one anyone around here enjoys, including myself.
Today, be kind to yourself. Forgive your imperfections and love yourself anyway. Do something that brings you to a place of peace and then you will be able to take others there to. Find something to smile about and reasons to love the ones around you even more. Focus on what makes your heart feel good and let go of all the rest.
As a little girl, I remember singing The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow song over and over again. As an adult, I’ve come to realize that the sun will come out eventually but it may not be as soon as we would like it to be. We may face rainy day after rainy day that may last for weeks at a time. We may give up hope that the sun will ever shine again as our life seems darker and darker and we are drained of all hope. We cannot prevent the rainy times that will beat down on our lives. We cannot wish them away or hurry them up. We must listen to the storm and feel the rain until that glimmer of light shines through the cloud. It will be okay. We will be okay. It just takes time. And when the sun does come back out, it will be more beautiful than you ever remember. Life is a cycle of ebb and flow, ups and downs, good times and hard times but everything comes full circle in the end. For anyone having a tough time, you are not alone and this time will pass. Until then, dream of the sunshine as the cold rain falls gently on you.
I was riding home today when it really hit me. Sometimes to appreciate the sunshine we have to spend some time in the rain. That is how depression feels. You are stuck in the storm and you have no other choice then to live in the darkness. Today I felt happy, really, really happy for the first time in a very long time. That dread, that doom and gloom was left behind as I glanced in my rear view mirror and left it behind. One thing I know for sure is when you struggle with depression, feeling happy, really happy is a blessing from God when it finally comes along. I can’t help but wonder if feeling so sad is a blessing in disguise because when happiness finally bites you on the backside, there are no words to describe the appreciation you feel. The bottom line is there will be good days and there will be bad days. There is a reason and a purpose for both. But when you get a good day, embrace it. Be grateful and feel the sun on your face. The rain, the storm will eventually pass and then you can bask in the sun again.
Last night we drove to the drive-in to watch Jimmy Buffet by satellite. It was a beautiful night and we sat there eating our “Cheeseburger In Paradise” special. A little corny, I know, but we are always up for a night out.
Not long after it began the temperature dropped. The winds picked up and goose bumps spread across my body like wildfire. We climbed in the car and the made the best out of the circumstances we were given. That is when it happened. Rain, lightening, thunder, ferocious winds and the satellite bringing us Jimmy Buffet was sadly lost.
We had waited weeks, driven an hour and a little more that one hour into the concert, it was over for us at the drive-in. Were we disappointed? Sure. But the fact is this, we could focus on the good or we could focus on the bad. I was just happy to spend some outdoor time with friends and family and at least catch some of the concert, even if the sound was somewhat muffled. We always have a choice to see the glass as half empty or half full. What we forget is sometimes we think entirely too much and should accept and enjoy the glass exactly the way it it. All the thinking in the world won’t change it’s contents. Take life as it is. Find the good and see past the bad. Go with the flow and things will always turn out the way they should. No sense fighting it just buckle up and enjoy the ride.