Winter Rain

It seemed that Tucson would have no rain this winter, and I was becoming concerned. Will we slide into another drought? Our temperatures had been high for the season and the plants in our yard were starting to bloom. I could feel their confusion. Is it spring or winter?

Finally, we got some of the much-anticipated winter rain, and I felt excited and happy. I stood at the window and took it all in. The gentle rain quieted my mind, and I was filled with gratitude. Closing my eyes and listening to the soothing sound of the rain brought me peace, and I saw in my mind the animals drinking this elixir from heaven and the plants absorbing the moisture and becoming rejuvenated.

My friends in Europe wouldn’t have believed that I could get so turned on by rain. But then, there was a lot of rain in Belgium, and I always felt excited when I saw sun and blue skies. Opinions and attitudes change depending on our environment and life experiences, and when there is an abundance of something, we may lose our appreciation for it. We can become complaisant when we are on cruise control and when everything unfolds well and comfortably. We can easily overlook our blessings until they are gone. Let’s look around, count our blessings, as the saying goes, and give a gratitude prayer. Nothing in life is a given, our blessings are gifts to be appreciated and cherished.

Pondering this as I watched the gentle rain, I felt gratitude for my mental journey and for the clarity it created in my mind. Everything and everyone can be a teacher, even the rain, but it requires clear vision and an open heart.

Now I look at rain with a thankful heart. And should I get wet, I just remember being the child who loved to dance in the rain.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Monsoon Is Back

There has never been a time when I was more looking forward to the monsoon bringing rain and more bearable temperatures than this year. We have lived in Tucson since 2002, and I do not remember the searing heat we have endured this year. I missed my walks and being able to spend time outdoors. But all this is now changing with the arrival of the Arizona monsoon, and I am rejoicing and happy. We have had only a few brief showers so far, but the monsoon has started and everything and everyone delights in it.

Although the monsoon in Arizona is not as strong and persistent as in other parts of the world, it shares the same characteristics. Wikipedia explains it like this: “There is a shift in wind patterns in summer which occurs as Mexico and the southwest U.S. warm under intense solar heating. As this happens, the flow reverses. The prevailing winds start to flow from moist ocean areas into dry land areas”.

Before moving to Tucson, I never appreciated the rain as I do now. It reminded me that when we have too much of something, we start losing our appreciation for it. Rain was never my thing because I had more than my share growing up in Germany and then living in Belgium. I couldn’t wait to vacation in a place with sunshine and no rain.

But we can change and learn to appreciate things we really didn’t care for. It all depends on how we look at it and if we keep an open mind and open heart. I love change, it allows me to grow and expand. If I would be younger, I would have danced in those first monsoon rains. I embraced the lightning and thunder and was all sad when the clouds moved on to bring life and moisture to another area.

There is so much to be grateful for and I count my blessings every day. The monsoon and rain are very much part of my appreciation right now. I look out of the window and imagine that the rain is washing away all worries, concerns and painful memories. I feel its gentle cleaning. I cannot wait for the next storm and rain and I know that I will enjoy it to the fullest. Nature is powerful and inspirational, and I am genuinely happy feeling I am part of it.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

 

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