Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Rainy Day
Outside, the sun is shining and people are laughing and happy and oblivious to the pain you are feeling.
How can this be? How can they not see that the world is a painful place today and there’s a storm that’s abounding? How?
Sometimes we are swamped with the physical, emotional and spiritual happenings of our lives. We can barely put one foot in front of the other without a great deal of effort. When people ask us, “What’s wrong?” we answer, “Nothing.” We can’t put words to it so why even try.
You know that is a common thread that weaves itself in and out and among the lives of each of us who has ever taken a breath. Rain. Sadness, frustration…we all have felt it. The thing is, when it’s our own life which is being rained upon, it’s much worse because we are living in it. Others may notice that something isn’t quite right with us, but they can never understand the impact it is having upon us. Why? Because, most of the time, we don’t explain it to them. Remember, that’s a choice.
We need to learn to open up and share the burdens with others who are willing to help shoulder them. After all, you would do the same for them, yes? Now I’m not saying to be a world-class complainer about every little thing. That gets old fast and you will soon find yourself only hearing the voices of your loved ones on their respective voice mail greetings. I’m saying when you are feeling overwhelmed by life and feel like you are going under – call for help. Reach for a lifeline. That’s what it’s there for.
If the storm doesn’t seem to want to pass, seek professional help. There’s no shame in seeking help – actually, quite the opposite. It takes a great deal of strength to say, “I cannot do this alone.”
Remember, when you are in a place of strength – even in the midst of rain – you find that you are still able to dance. There is still joy to be found. Seek it.