Being Thankful for Rain

Rain gets in the way. It disrupts plans, makes us drive a little slower, walk a little faster, and pull our hoods up over our heads. Rain does not bring out the best in people—how many times do we see a rainy day as a burden, and not a blessing? Like struggles in life, encountering rain forces us to adapt. It alters our everyday plans, the way we view the world around us, and how we go about living. Rain forces us to look at our days a little differently. It presents challenges that we must accept and adapt to if we are to accomplish anything. We must learn how to work with the rain, accept that some days we might need to slow down and approach tasks with more caution than others, and not be afraid to get a little wet.

When we struggle, when we have days and weeks that seem to be caught in a perpetual downpour, it can be hard to remember that there were sunnier days in the past and there will be sunnier days in the future. It is amazing how quickly we learn to appreciate warm, bright days when we wake up to the sound of raindrops on the roof. Life must be looked at in a similar fashion. We must learn to be thankful for the rain. Without it, there would be no reason to appreciate an exceptionally beautiful day, no value in looking forward to sunny tomorrows, and perhaps most importantly, no growth. For as much as sunlight is necessary, it is water that generates new life, and sustains the life that already exists.

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