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The sun did not come out… and it was good.

Today, the sun did not come out. Thank goodness.

It has been blazing for days and we have been going, and going, and going… to the pool and back, playdates, picnics, drinks on the patio… “Get out and enjoy the sunshine.” But this morning, the sun did not come out, and it was good.

The overcast set the tone to slow down… snuggle a little more, enjoy the breeze and a cup of coffee on the balcony. I turn off the air-conditioning and rather, open all the windows and welcome the cool, fresh air.

In the background, I can hear the rumbling of a brief rainstorm that will be passing by. My plants let out a sigh of relief.

Balance has been restored.

Rainy days can be just as productive and beneficial as days in the sun! Welcome that raincloud and appreciate the shade… surely, ‘the sun will come out, tomorrow’. Until then, enjoy!

Benefits of Rainy Days:

  1. Heightens your sensory experience- think of all the smells, sounds and textures that come from the rain serenating you mid-morning as you start your day.
  2. Enhances creativity- the white noise of rain falling and cooling off the earth is the perfect setting for a fresh start to create something new… water provides the necessary elements for the earth to grow and provides life.
  3. Slows us down- changes in the weather force us to slow down and evaluate our day... maybe you have a full schedule and you have to think about staying dry or changing plans, the rain encourages us to stop and think ahead.
  4. Provides us balance- balance is the ultimate goal, it provides a sense of calm and the opportunity to reset… the rain and the clouds are a necessary response to the heat and the sunshine. Breaking up our days allow us to feel refreshed for a new day and new experiences.

7 thoughts on “The sun did not come out… and it was good.

  1. I totally agree with this post, Annie. It’s lovely in its delightfully simplistic nature. When the weather changes, particularly if it changes drastically, we have to reassess where we are and where we’re at. I especially love the smell of the rain when it first moistens the Earth, and the sound of rain is so soothing. I have a relaxation CD with the sound of rainfall, and it really does help if I’m feeling stressed. I expect with three children, you probably wouldn’t get the chance to take time out to do anything as bizarre as relaxing. Also, thank you for following my blog; without you doing that, I would never have discovered yours. I hope to read more of your recent posts as soon as I have time, and will look forward to your next one, too. Ellie x 😊

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    • Thank you Ellie! Definitely with three kids, I do not find much time to slow down. But when I am stressed, it quickly causes my kids to feel tense as well. Families must focus on self care, as much for the unit as for each individual. We all bring something to the table and we all benefits from everyone bringing their best. Being able to help my kids see the beauty in everything helps us become more adaptable to change… even if it’s just singing in the rain! Thank you for following me! I can’t wait to read your next post… I think you just inspired me on mine! Annie 🙂

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