It was raining yesterday as I went for my walk. The rain doesn’t usually stop me from walking; in fact it’s kind of nice to hear the splashing all around me, pattering on the hood of my rain jacket, joining the sound of my feet on the pavement. I also love to hear the drumming of the rain on the roof as I fall asleep at night. It makes me feel cozy and safe inside my home, snuggled up under the covers. How often do we get to have that feeling as adults?
If you are not feeling well then a rainy day can sometimes be disheartening. Especially if we have gone several days without the sun during an onslaught of bad weather, as is so prone to happen in New England. For me, a sunny day can make me feel energized, joyful and content, but a rainy day can be a worthy thing too. A rainy day gives us a chance to be a little gentler with ourselves, to slow down and do things we might not normally do when we feel like we must get things accomplished or crossed off our list. The muffling sound of the rain makes me more thoughtful, more introspective and a little more removed from outside distractions and influences. Living in a fast paced world, this opportunity to pause can be a welcome and needed respite. How do you feel about rainy days? Maybe you would like them a little more if you saw them as permission to slow down.