Yesterday marked the first day of Spring half term in my children’s school. As it is the beginning of May and we live in Spain, we have guaranteed good weather, right? Nope. We woke to angry storm clouds rolling furiously across a bewildered sky smothering the benevolent rays of the sun! The kids, who had planned a whole schedule of activities and faced with a long boring day of solitary confinement, were not in the least bit impressed. The day stretched endlessly in front of us like being stuck in a revolving door. We consulted the list once again looking desperately for something that could be carried out indoors without risk of harm or injury, or even death by boredom but to no avail. And then the old adage came to me.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.”
…….so we did just that. We donned our wellies and went to the beach in the pouring rain and had the best fun we’d had in ages! As you would expect, the beach was deserted and, as the waves rolled in and broke on the shore, I was in awe of the power and wild beauty of the nature that surrounds us every, single day.
Life is only ever about perception. Two people can have the exact same experiences yet one can find it enjoyable whilst the other is disappointed. It is only ever to do with our mood and attitude at the start of the activity. Enter into everything with expectant anticipation and you will instantly see what a difference it can make to your life. A previously mundane or repetitive activity can turn into an adventure. Just like the two dogs in the hall of mirrors: the happy dog goes in eagerly wagging his tail and is greeted by his own enthusiastic reflection whereas the angry dog sees only a ferocious and snarling image of himself thus perpetuating his view of life as hostile and unfriendly.
Life is all about contrast and a short spell of something unwanted can help us to appreciate the things around us that we enjoy and yet take for granted so embrace the rain for it allows us to see the sun again in all its life giving magnificence. And don’t forget, that even as the sun is overwhelmed by clouds, it hasn’t gone anywhere. It is still there, just temporarily out of sight