“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The last couple of days in our “neck of the woods” have been rainy ones. And this got me to thinking about rain, and the growth that comes from it. The rain feeds the soil and all things that grow from it.
Our lives are like this. We grow when we have been “rained” on. Rain, in this case, would be all the things that come over us. Things like books we read, or conversations with old friends, or dialogs with new people, or classes taken at the local community college, or … the list can go on and on. Everything that we encounter is a chance for us to grow. Sometimes we grow intentionally (taking a course at a local school, for example) and sometimes we grow unintentionally (unplanned conversation with a colleague by the coffee machine, for example).
Unlike the plants and grass that grow naturally because of the rain, the growth we experience because of the “rain” we get isn’t always as natural or automatic. We need to intentionally look for the growth we can get from all of our “rain”. And when we do this, we’ll realize that the world is ours to learn and grow from.
What a great realization this is! Seeing the world and all of our interactions with it as opportunities for learning and growth gives you a limitless future! So, go out there, experience what the world has to offer, then learn and grow from it. And then … go out and share, and make this world a better place!