The old saying, “when it rains it pours,” has been true in many different stages in my life. My mother likes to say that though rains may fall, there is a rainbow on the other side. I started to think about the impact rain has on certain things and certain kinds of people.
When I think about dirt, excessive rain turns it into mud, duh. But outside of the spa, mud is dirty, sticky, and murder on your tires or your toddler’s new shoes.
ARE YOU MUD?
When troubles come your way, do you allow yourself to get stuck in your situation? Do you sit in the middle of your bed and rehash your worries to anyone and everyone willing to listen to you whine?
Now, think about gravel. A lot of rain not only makes the roads slippery and treacherous, but it can also lead to erosion. Those lovely potholes that wreak havoc on your vehicle most likely came as a result of a torrential downpour.
ARE YOU GRAVEL?
When troubles arise, do you give it the power to break you in mind and spirit? Do you accept your fate and assume that nothing will change for the better?
And finally we come to plants. Whether you have a green thumb or not, and I absolutely do not, you know that at the bare minimum, plants need water to grow and flourish. The rain may cause the plant to bow under the pressure but it will remain firm.
ARE YOU A PLANT?
Do you take the troubles and issues that come at you, yet remain firm? Do you relish the hard times, or “rain”, knowing that you will emerge stronger and healthier once the storm has passed.
In theory, we all want to believe that we are plants. No one wants to admit that they allow things beyond their control to stop them in their tracks. But too often we get stuck in our circumstances or become broken beyond repair.
We allow troubles to weigh us down to the point where we can’t see a way out.
Rough times typically come in droves and are meant to knock us out, at least temporarily. But it’s how you handle what’s thrown at you that matters. Despite how it may feel, these tough times were never meant to last forever.
If you need to scream, do it. If you need to vent for a little while, speak up. If you just want to crawl in bed with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a glass of Pinot Grigio and watch reruns of Martin or Friends, you have the right. But do not allow yourself to wallow forever.
Have your moment and then figure out your next step.