The Sound of Rain

There’s something cleansing about rain. I don’t consider myself religious, but as I get older, I definitely feel more of a connection to spirituality than to God. I was raised Catholic, and while I enjoy being part of the Catholic community, I don’t agree with a lot of my church’s teachings. I find God in the little things.

I find peace in the sound of a hard rain against the roof, and I find peace after a storm with the smell of new life. I often find serenity in the rolling thunder, and there is wonder and inspiration with each crack of lightning. The rain is healing and life and so much more.

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I truly feel the rain. On a stormy day, I often walk slowly, with my head held high. I love the feeling of the rain hitting my face and soaking my clothes. Walking in the rain is a lot like taking a shower; after a storm, you feel cleansed and renewed. Today’s storm was especially true for me.

I’ve been having a stormy day (my code for depression kicking in). It just seems like I can’t do anything right, and life has been getting me down. I didn’t think anything could cheer me up today, so I’ve been moping around the house, lying in bed, and feeling useless. I know it’s not healthy to think that way, but some days that storm cloud gets so big and so dark, it’s hard to see the sunshine up ahead. Every once in a while, you just need someone to slice open the dark cloud and let the storm wash everything away. Maybe that storm is a good cry or a meditation session; whatever your storm is, let it cleanse your mind and soul. Let the storm wash away all the negative energy and the destructive thoughts, and look for the sunshine inching from behind those clouds. There are lessons you learn best in calm weather, but some of my most important lessons learned have been in the midst of a storm.

In a lot of ways, relationships are like the weather. Most of the time, it’s sunny outside, but every once in a while, there’s a storm brewing. Storms are normal, but when they turn into natural disasters, you need to reach out for help. If you feel like you’re drowning in a tsunami or being rattled like an earthquake, seek help from your support system. Relationships and lives go through hard times; don’t let a cloudy day ruin your smile. It might be hard to smile in the rain, but some people can do it. Keep searching for the sunshine, and don’t forget your umbrella (unless you weather the storm alone like me). The renewal and the peace will follow.

Keep smiling,

 

-B

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