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You Need Rain For Growth

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“When it rains it pours.”



I think most of us have had the occasion to mutter that phrase every once in a while.


Sometimes it is one tragedy after another. Sometimes, its just the strain of regular life that has a way of catching up with you.


Kind of like trying to plan a Bar Mitzvah (after being in denial about the upcoming event for months), having your daughter come down with chicken pox…


and then having your husband end up with a cast on his dominant hand.



Yesterday, when I was having a moment of self pity (even though I was not the one itching or wearing a cast) it occurred to me that the challenges in life and the way you handle them are what end up defining you and your life.


As a nurse working in oncology, day in and day out I see the tremendous power of challenges and how they can make or break you. One thing I know for certain is that the greater the challenges you face, the greater the potential for growth.


And as I was watching the pouring rain hit the ground yesterday, I realized that life’s challenges are akin to rain.


Rain can be a pain in the neck, at times depressing and it can even cause a lot of damage. But without rain, we would have no water. The water that is needed for growth and nourishment.


Challenges cause us to reevaluate things, to think things through and to find new ways to cope, change and be inspired. Challenges are an impetus for growth.


And as the rain drops continued to fall, I stopped feeling sorry for myself because I remembered that things that seem bad or annoying are sometimes gifts in disguise.



So next time it rains, I will do my best to remind myself that rain is needed for growth.


How do you cope with life’s challenges?



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I am me and also lots of other things like a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a daughter in law, a sister in law, a friend, an oncology nurse, a blogger, a life coach in training, an avid book reader, a chauffeur, a chef, a shopper, a maid and on some days a bit overwhelmed. On this blog I share my journey of striving to see the best in everyone and everything. Strive, because I don't always manage to. Yup, I am human. I would love to have you join me in learning lessons in positivity from life.

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4 Responses to "You Need Rain For Growth"

  1. Eva Fannon says:

    Loved this post Susie – it’s right on! Hope you get through the hump soon.

  2. This post is so true, I agree with all the sentiments. I hope things are better, but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger

  3. Debbie says:

    Great lesson Susie! It’s a lesson that we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

  4. Naomi says:

    Fantastically written blog as ever Susie. I had no idea how much was going on in your life at the moment – hopefully a rainbow will come along soon or even a bit of sunshine. Thought provoking but very true.