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Remember to Dance


The weekend is upon us and it's time for Six Word Saturday...

Remember to Dance in the Rain!

We have had two amazing days of steady rainfall here, a very unusual occurrence in West Texas. We've received several inches of rain, and they are forecasting more for today; a glance at the gray skies above says it will come.  The downpour has left us saturated, and a city ill-equipped for such a deluge has had water running over the streets and flooded out intersections, with cars floating everywhere.  A section of one highway had to be closed until the rain stopped.  Here's a photo of Hwy 80...



Typical of human nature, we same folks who grumble of the persistent heat and drought now grumble a bit about slogging thru mud puddles, our dirty cars, and the chilly breeze that flips out umbrellas inside out as we cross the street to work.

Last night as I my husband and I were headed out to dinner, we saw something that made both of us laugh.  A couple of folks had taken advantage of the wet weather, and were out paddling their kayaks in a low-lying area that had filled with water, looking much like the kids in the photo below, oblivious to the rain and clearly having a blast.


 I couldn't help but reflect on what a great life lesson this was. We often find ourselves in situations where the only thing we can do is adjust our attitude and adapt. There will always be rainstorms in life, but we'll be just fine if we remember to dance!

22 comments:

  1. Great point of view. I wish more people had that attitude, life for everyone would be much better.

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    1. Sometimes we all struggle to find the silver lining in the clouds that hang heavy over our heads, Tonya. We need to stop and count our blessings and realize how greatly they outweigh our burdens and woes. Truly, the rain was a delightful break from the eternal dryness here!

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  2. It is nice when people just go with the weather. You can't change it so you might as well have fun with it.

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    1. That's what was so cool about the folks in the kayaks, Wayne, they found a way to make a messy situation fun, and a chance to use their kayaks that would rarely find a puddle of water to play in here. I found myself envying their spontanaeity!

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  3. I completely 'get' that notion of folks never being satisfied with the weather. In fact, just heard from a friend who was grumbling about the overcast day we're having today. I turned it around and told her to look at it as a gift and permission to slow down, curl up on the couch with a good book or a special someone and enjoy it!!! I too, take the attitude of embracing whatever weather comes my way because there is beauty to be found in even the most violent of storms. This notion can also be applied to the circumstances that befall us in our lives.

    Great post!

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    1. I'm afraid I am one of those, Carrie, always thinking it is too hot or too cold or too something. Although I would love to live in a permanently moderate climate, the reality is that I live here in West Texas and we were so very blessed to have all the lovely rain! I like your mention of storms, because I also love them and would do well to apply that fascination to the figurative storms that sometimes rock my life. There is always grace to be found!

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  4. Where I live in Florida we have a dry season and a rainy season. It's either so humid I can't stand it or it's raining everyday and we see lots of flooding streets etc. We're used to it, but I can imagine how strange/tough it would be to anyone not used to it.
    Here's My SWS

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    1. I often fantasize about living in a place like Seattle, Vicki, as I do so enjoy rainy weather and cooler temps, but I'm sure if I was there I'd still find reason to grumble! I'm sure folks where you live are much safer drivers in the rain, here they try to fly thru deep water and then are surprised when their engines flood out! We had cars floating everywhere, I felt sorry for rescue workers and tow trucks.

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  5. Okay...I want you to post a picture of you dancing in the rain...

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    1. ROFL, Annie, there is no rating/warning strong enough to include what that would do to the readers of this blog! Some things are much better left to the imagination, rather than risking epidemic blindess and a full Google lockdown of my blog! ;-)

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  6. I really like that idea... My 6WS is here:
    http://mlissabeth.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/six-word-saturday928/

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    1. Thanks! It's all about perception, and what we can find that's good in situations that don't always seem so great.

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  7. I got arrested once in Baltimore (1969, I think) for dancing in the rain with a bunch of my hippie friends. How dare they call an impromptu block hop "disturbing the peace"? There wasn't really that much traffic!!!

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    1. Oh Ron how you made me laugh! Those were the days, my friend! :-)

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  8. I have to admit I've been guilty of griping about one thing and then griping about the exact opposite once it rolls around. Human nature, I guess, to often want what we don't have. But I do appreciate the people who can always make the best of any situation, and I strive to be one of those people, even if sometimes I have to work out it pretty hard.

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    1. So very true for me also, Cheri. I do think it is human nature to always want something other than what we have. I am working hard at learning to count my blessings, and to appreciate all that I do have. The rain was truly wonderful, and after more of it last night, the sun has come out shining bright this morning, and life is very good!

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  9. That is a lot of rain, but I love your attitude. It's so crucial to a life that isn't weighted down by stress - dancing in the rain. I'm going to do it with glee the next time it rains here!

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    1. I really try to look at things in a good way Selma, some days I succeed, and some days I fail. I know that positivity generates more of the same. It would take a great deal of stress off all of us if we would get better at accepting life as it is dealt to us, then doing all we can to find ways to make work for us and to turn it into something good. I know I used to expend a lot of energy being angry at things and people I had no control over, little by little I am learning to let go.

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  10. If we had some decent rain here - northern NSW, Australia - I'm sure we'd all dance for joy.

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    1. I know that feeling well Rosemary, living where I do, rain is so very uncommon, it is usually very hot and very, very dry. Funny how quickly we begin to grumble about something so long awaited and precious! If we have more rain I will try to send some your way! :-)

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  11. a great reminder to make the lemonade! thanx for the cheerful and positive post....

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  12. That is awesome, what a great way to appreciate what you have in front of you instead of complaining about what life has given you. I am enjoining warm weather and was thinking today that I was a little tired of it, but your right we need to appreciate what we have and I would rather be here then in the snow.

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