Friday, September 27, 2013

Switching our attitudes

Nearly two weeks ago, my fiance and I and a couple that are close friends of ours spent three days and two nights at a lovely state park not far from our area.

Two of the days we were there were sunny and stunningly beautiful—fluffy white clouds on a background of the most beautiful blue sky ever. We enjoyed hiking and finding gorgeous scenic views in which to soak up the sights and sounds of nature. One of the days started out with rain, however. At first we were disappointed, focusing on the fact that we wouldn't be able to hike as much that day.

It wasn't long, however, before we all found a lovely lounge area in which to relax, work crossword puzzles, read our books, have fascinating conversations and just plain relax. Yes, we even found time for some napping. By the end of the day, we each admitted that the rain had offered a real gift. How often do we get to simply do little or nothing and feel OK about it, we asked each other. It turned out to be just as wonderful a day as the two sunny ones we had during our visit.

It took reframing our attitudes, however, to see that the rain was a gift. We knew it was a gift to the plants and soil that so badly needed it. But at first, we hadn't seen the gift for us since we'd all been looking forward to being out on the trails as much as possible.

You and I can all use some down time in between the times of action and activity. Notice those moments and don't miss them because you're looking for something different.

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