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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “Winter Rain”

  1. Nancy Thorsen

    I also enjoyed the rain, and didn’t mind getting wet on occasion. I especially enjoyed this months blog. Looking forward to seeing you this week.

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    • Silvia Coggin

      Thanks for your uplifting words and am looking very much forward to seeing you this week. Take good care of yourself, I am thinking of both of you and wishing you the very best.

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  2. Heide

    It is always fun to read your comments. As I love nature, I am also glad for rain, especially for my garden…
    Wishing you all the best and keep enjoying the rain !

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    • Silvia Coggin

      Our rain doesn’t last long and we are back to our daily sunshine. Hopefully we’ll get some more, otherwise we’ll have to wait for the monsoon. Enjoy your day!

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  3. Bob Oro

    Silvia,
    Amazing that you wrote about the rain.
    The Friday before last Deb and I just stopped our life and sat under the patio and listened to the slow steady rain we were having.
    Just the smell of fresh rain on the supper dry desert was intoxicating.
    The best was we stopped in the middle of the insantity of life to enjoy it all.
    Thanks for reminding us!
    Hi to Steve.

    Enjoy the Journey,
    Bob and Debbie

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    • Silvia Coggin

      Hopefully we’ll get some more rain, otherwise we’ll have to wait for the monsoon, which I enjoy tremendously. So happy for you that you take the time to enjoy those special moments. Make it a great day!

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