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Don’t Wait For Rainy Season

Many people find dark clouds and rain depressing.  It’s a fact that storms will come every summer in Florida, drenching everything for a few minutes, possibly a few hours.  During that short time, popping an umbrella or getting wet is seen by many as an imposition—something unwanted and inconvenient.

Yet, life is filled with many unwanted events.  If we tried to cut everything from life that we don’t want, we might find that only ten years in a hundred are truly happy ones.  As it’s impossible to avoid that much of life, many proverbs have arisen over the years.  

Enjoy what you have instead of fretting what you don’t.

For many people, this proverb is read in a materialistic way, focusing on the objects a person has in life.  But, this proverb isn’t only about having a good car, a nice house, or a winning lottery ticket.  It is also about appreciating relationships, occasions, and nature.  These intangible parts of life impact our emotions much more than objects.

Think about the last thing you bought.  You were happy with it for the first few days, possibly a week.  Over time, you might like having it (or not), but the thrill of the item being new is lost.  Compare that short thrill to being with family and friends.  Each day with others offers a new chance to share love, hope, and dreams.  Occasions like weddings, vacations, or simple dinners are times for sharing.

Life will bring happy days, and it will bring “rainy” ones.  When “rains” come to your life, stop and ask yourself three things:

  1. If I take a deep breath, will the “rain” seem so bad?
  2. Does the “rain” only bring sadness?
  3. Can I share this moment in the “rain” with someone else?

It’s during the roughest, rainiest times of life that relationships bring people together.  The trick to enjoying what you have is not waiting for those “rainy” times.  Enjoy, love, and appreciate those in your life today.  Do the same tomorrow, because that day will become “today” in time.  Keep doing this and, when the “rains” do come, it will be easier to weather the storms together.