I feel like most of this summer has been rain, lots of thunderstorms, and just a few “sunshiny” days. As I write this, it’s pouring rain outside and has done so all day long.
There’s an old adage that says, “When it rains it pours…” It’s in reference to the storms of life, and I know I’ve stated it many times in my life. When one bad thing happens, it feels like everything starts going wrong, no matter how much I try to avoid the bad.
Just like the weather, there isn’t a whole lot we can do to stop the bad things in our life from happening. That’s just it: life happens.
If I look at the storms of this summer, it’s been a lot of depressing clouds. But the rain has brought life with it too. This is the greenest summer I can ever remember living through. I don’t remember much of last summer because I was always working all different shifts and can’t even remember a single day where I enjoyed the heat of summer.
The two summers before that, I was in the Central Valley of California and, except for the fields that would get flooded with water from the canal system, everything was brown and dead.
Rain changes that. Floods happen too… but the rains are necessary for life to thrive.
Bad things are going to happen in our lives; it’s just how it is. I’m not going to sugarcoat it and pretend otherwise; that would be a disservice to you.
But it’s our reactions to those things that show us the outcome.
I could have let the negatives of life overwhelm me. There’ve definitely been times I’ve wanted to. It would be so easy to spend my days curled up in bed, never leaving and never looking for more.
But when I’ve made it through the bad times? I realize I’ve been given new life and I’m better for the trials I’ve been through. It might take me a long time to see the positives… but each time I’ve made it through I’m given new courage for the next storm.
I promise you, you’re going to make it through. I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but you will. You are beautiful and you are loved. Keep facing tomorrow, my friend.
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