Sometimes even the rain is a blessing

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We’ve all heard the inspirational quotes about sunshine after the rain and how if we want rainbows we need to put up with the rain beforehand. Rain seems to be equated with ‘bad’.
When we are going through a bad period in our lives, the analogy given is often of rain and gloom.
Today, I want to change the perspective a little because today, in the life of many people rain is literally blessing us. When I came home from work yesterday the Garden Gnome was nowhere to be seen in the house. He walked in from outside a couple of moments later and he was nearly soaked to the skin. I asked him what he’d been doing and he said “Walking in the rain. It’s been a while since I could do that”.
He’s right. The western part of our state has been in a state of drought for some time now. Even here where we live closer to the coast (but far enough inland to escape a tsunami if I ever needed to), the local farmers (and those with acreage and animals) have been struggling. As I drive around my local area, I have seen lines of hay scattered in paddocks and large containers of water dotted around for the animals. I have seen dams and ‘soaks’ dried up. I have seen cracks in the earth that could swallow a small child or animal.
Every conversation with others of late has been about the weather, the lack of fodder for animals and how much it costs to buy water to fill the tanks for the houses in the outlying areas.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was watching a story on a current affairs program about the suffering of the farmers in the western parts of Queensland and New South Wales. Many of them have resorted to killing their animals to alleviate the suffering of starving because they can no longer afford to purchase hay from other parts of Australia to feed them. A lot of farmers have exhausted their savings and are in debt to the banks for up to $5000 a day in order to keep themselves and their livestock alive. Many farmers have resorted to taking their own lives because they could see no other way out. In fact the reporter doing the story went back to his family home to interview his parents who are farmers. As he interviewed his mother he reminded her that her first words to him upon his return were “Make sure the gun cabinet is kept locked”.

But now it is raining. We are not promised a huge amount (although when have the weather forecasters ever got it completely right?) but we are promised some soaking rain. Enough to fill tanks. Enough to turn the brown grass of our lawns and dustbowls green again. Enough to feed and water livestock. Enough to give hope for another day.

So whilst the analogy of rain being bad is still out there, let’s look at the other side of the coin.
Sometimes the suffering we endure can teach us valuable lessons. We learn and grow from the experience. Just as rain nurtures the earth and encourages growth from it, the ‘rainy’ periods in our lives can do exactly the same thing.
Once more, it’s about perspective.

However in my world today, rain is a blessing.

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40 thoughts on “Sometimes even the rain is a blessing

  1. I’m still trying to accept that I need to experience rough times in order to fully enjoy the good times. I’m thinking I’m due for a boat load of good things to enjoy. πŸ˜€

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  2. I wish we could share our precipitation whatever it’s form. Here in WI we got snow again together even though it is officially spring. The lesson for all of us is staying positive in the midst of whatever is seen as “bad” and believing that we are resilient beyond our understanding. Here’s to hoping that your rain continues!!

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  3. I remember living up Mt French in Boonah when the drought broke – rain was pouring down and rivers running down the mountain and I was crying my eyes out, such a relief after months and years of drought. I might moan a bit when it rains but really I bless rain because it is, literally, life-giving.

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  4. We’re getting rain too. To help myself celebrate I’m posting pictures of sunshine from a few days ago. It helps me to celebrate the much needed rain by having those memories of sun! And to see the trees that the rain keeps alive.

    Let’s hope our new attitudes help shift this weather pattern.

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    1. And that is most certainly true. You know I often wonder how Australia’s most earliest settlers (sounds better than convicts) from Ireland coped with the change here.

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      1. I think they suffered terribly in the heat while loving every second of it! My husband is as white as paper – I took him to Florida once and just SLATHERED him in SPF40. I suppose eventually his freckles would all run together and approximate a tan, but… Oh the pain, getting to that point!

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              1. That’s not good. I’m a mutt, and I am already naturally darker than a real Irish person. I love the sun, and grew up in FL in the days before sunscreen. Hubby has sense – but his mother! She looks terrible from her sun worshipping holidays. Sigh.

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                1. There are a lot of older Australians who look like that. The younger ones are a lot more sun smart these days. I am inside more often than not but still have had things removed from my skin.

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      1. Of course, Sue. Just checked your blog. It’s really good. Interesting posts and especially your photos are just amazing.

        Sorry for the goof-up there……he he :D. But, now that I’m following your blog, I’m sure my sentiments are going to be exactly the same that I expressed on Don’ blog.

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