Living through the recent drought years in California has changed my whole view of rain. What used to be an inconvenience or something to dread, is now something I eagerly anticipate. At the first news of rain in the forecast, I revel in the chance to turn off my irrigation system and drag out every last potted shrub so that all my plants can drink up the rain. When the rain finally starts, I intentionally go outside just to feel it falling on me and to smell how clean the air is. Even my dogs, who used to stubbornly refuse to go outside on rainy days, don’t seem to mind anymore.
After living through so many years of drought, when the rain starts, it literally feels like blessings are falling from the sky. Every drop is a gift to be cherished. I love walking around my garden to see water beading up on blossoms and dripping off the leaves. It is as though all things living are basking in goodness!
Realizing how much I used to take the rain for granted makes me wonder what other gifts I might be overlooking. What acts of kindness did I miss? What simple comforts have I taken for granted in my life, from the roof that has always been over my head to the shoes on my feet? Once I start to think about it, I notice good things all around me, like puddles lingering after a storm.
I try my best to take a few moments each day to notice all the beauty around me and to write it down in my journal. I also like to write down things that seem extraordinary to me on a little slip of paper and put it in my keepsake box. I started doing this as a kid when I couldn’t sleep at night, and the practice has stuck with me. When I hit a bad day, it really helps to open it up and see the great things that have piled up inside. Taking a few minutes to read some of them and to see how my life is full of wonderful things helps me reset my attitude.
Lucky me, I woke up to unexpected rain this morning! I hope you will join me in going outside to splash in some puddles.