The Best Thing To Do When It Rains

It involves getting wet.

I’m a fan of the show Survivor. Yes, I realize it is a produced television show that includes camera work and editing. However, the show does a great job of showcasing human instinct, emotional connection, and determining drive. The players in the game face conditions that accentuate underlying tendencies that are not noticeable in everyday situations. For instance: sitting in the rain for several days without food. That’s dedication!

You could complain

Shouting out to the gods (or filling your neighbor’s ear with your thoughts) doesn’t make the rain stop. You can certainly try, but you will quickly see the ineffectiveness of your efforts. If anything, you’ll release a toxin within yourself that poisons and infects worse than most diseases. You’ll be bitter. You’ll be angry. You’ll be wet.

Holding the complaints in silence isn’t better; it’s often worse. Often, our efforts of joking about the situation are disguises for complaints. Sarcasm is the king of contempt and the bedfellow of the complaint. Misery doesn’t love company. It only makes people realize they are miserable, too. It breeds.

You could try and control it

Sure, there may be worse ideas. After all, a certain world-leader suggested that we could stop a hurricane by nuking it. (Spoiler alert: we can’t.) 

You may be a brilliant scientist or the most outstanding engineer, but you can’t stop the rain. Sure, you could build shelter and other means of deflecting the rain, but you can’t stop it. If you try, please post a video. I’d love to watch it.

In case you haven’t recognized it: this is all an analogy of life. When something undesirable happens, neither complaining nor resisting are effective at undoing. As a brilliant mind once spoke, “shit happens.” 

The best thing to do when it rains

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “the best thing to do when it rains is to let it rain.” That’s when the magic happens. When you realize that you can’t change the situation and that complaining makes things worse, then you naturally begin a path of acceptance. With acceptance comes healing. With healing comes reward.

For those taking this analogy literally, there are myriad things to do when it rains: you can play in it, you can capture it, you can watch it, you can study it. You can harvest the rain for energy, or you can use it to feed yourself or plants. When you don’t resist, you begin to see the advantages.

Taking the analogy deeper, when you don’t resist the things of life but rather face them, you see each event’s usefulness. There are people and actions that you can’t change. You will have outcomes that you can’t manipulate. It’s okay. Try embracing them with an open mind and an open heart and see what happens.

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