Got the Rainy Day Blues?

Nov 28, 2011 by

Got the Rainy Day Blues?

I was standing in a shop looking out the window at the rain, the other day, when a man commented that it was awful when it was raining, as you couldn’t go out anywhere. I was going to ask him if that was so, then how the heck did he get here, like was he transported as in Star trek or something. But he didn’t seem the humorous type, so I let the subject drop!

What is it with us and the rain? We’re all so happy go lucky when the sun peeps out, but the moment the sky clouds over and the rain pours down, we become bipolar!

You’d swear someone very close to us had died; we’re like living streaks of misery. Even motorists, who shouldn’t care less, being warm and dry in their automobiles, seem loathe using their wipers and are seen wearing an expression that would lead one to believe the devil himself had appeared on the road in front of them! Well maybe he did and I didn’t notice!

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A few months ago, I suppose I was the same, but now I’m the one who bounces down the street, umbrella in hand, smile on face and wishing everyone a cheerful ‘lovely day’, I always get a smile in return, except from those too miserable to raise their heads from dragging on the ground!

So why am I different? It’s not that I particularly like getting cold and wet; it’s just that I changed my attitude, and I won’t let a little something like rain stop me from going out for a walk. I won’t let it change my mood, or let it make me cranky. Instead of moaning and complaining about how awful it is, I now take the time, when I do go out in the downpour, to look at the beautiful reflections in the puddles, I observe the way the streets look so clean and shiny. I listen to the sounds of the raindrops as they land on the leaves of the trees, and I breathe in the fresh clean air and enjoy not having a near asthma attack, because the air isn’t so dusty! I know, I know some of you are thinking, this one is a right head case! Well maybe you’re right, but at least I’m not adding to the misery of the world, and that has to work in my favour, now doesn’t it?

It’s just that I discovered something that helps, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s that we have a choice to be miserable or to be happy. We can choose the let the rain put us in a bad mood, or we can choose to be happy regardless of the weather. Wow, now there’s a revelation, a little thought to play through your mind the next time you’re in your car with the wipers on hyper, or the next time you’re nursing a sore chin, because it’s hit the ground too often, or the next time you just have ‘ the rainy day blues’.

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  1. I just read this quote; thought I’d share it with yr story, so appropriate. Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” – Susan Ertz
    BTW: I just love the rain; feel it washes away all the yuck in life to let the good stuff shine through:-) Happy day, enjoy the weather – it’s raining here, yea!

  2. Peter Wenzell

    I loved this “Spirit of Rain” life changing mood. I remember an older gentleman writing on a blackboard as I began to implement a really mind altering change in the attitudes of his firm. He wrote that Anthony de Mello had said, “Nothing has changed, with the exception of my attitude….. Therefore EVERYTHING has changed. Thank you for sharing these feelings and photos with me. By the way, it is rainy today in Rio de Janeiro. Maybe I will Samba in the Rain. Peter