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Peggy Barnhardt: Rainy day happiness

Peggy Barnhardt

 

Every day that is received and experienced provides some kind of blessing, especially if it is accompanied by good health, friends and family.

But some days offer a premium feeling of satisfaction, like when you are able to reach with the back scratcher that spot that itches, and that pleasant sensation of relief pours over you — an “ah” moment.

The Carpenter’s song “Rainy Days and Mondays Always Gets Me Down” may be an anthem for some. This atmospheric upheaval produces lethargy resulting in eye closure, curling in a fetal position and securing bed linen over oneself, submission only accomplished if duty doesn’t call: like work, errands, doc appointments, children etc.

For me, overcast, rainy days — with rolling thunderous sounds exuding aggression, accentuated by flashes of lightning — offers an epiphany of inspirational power.

It is a breath of fresh air that stimulates my creative juices; a time for meditation, prayer, reflection, reading that book I have been wanting to tackle, remembering those promises I made but had seemingly been too busy to fulfill because of scurrying here and there during those sun-filled days.

The temporary shower cools us, provides a respite from stress, triggers calmer emotions, slows us down to a quiet clamor, and since visitation is discouraged by the downpour, my thoughts are uninterrupted. I can take time to write those thank you notes for small kindnesses extended, bringing a smile to someone else’s face.

I can cut off the phone for some “Me Time” evaluation, reviewing, goals, hopes and dreams and pondering life’s most important questions: why am I here and what is my purpose.

I gaze out of the window at the refreshment taking place as rain drops flurry in the wind; the recovery of green, the flecks of water on the newly open buds picturing the coming of Spring in all of its glory and I think to myself — I really love rainy days.

Think about it.

Peggy Ann Barnhardt lives in Salisbury.

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