Stepping into the Rain
A little bird hit me with a striking thought recently. We were pondering what to do for the day - maybe go to Harvard Square and walk the streets. Perhaps a journey to the North End to get lost in the narrow passageways and enjoy some fine Italian cuisine. Either way, the jist of the plan was to get outside and take in some fresh air. Then a thought rose up in my mind and I asked 'is it supposed to rain today?'
She said, 'I don't know, do you have a raincoat?'
I suddenly realized that my question was subconscious and totally irrelevant. Boom. Yes I do have a raincoat. And what's the point of a raincoat? To keep my body dry when it's raining. Of course!
I've always held on to the notion that if it's raining it's not a good day to be outside. Better to just avoid it, stay inside, and drink warm beverages on the comfort of couch cushions. Really though, all it takes is a little bit of preparation to be comfortable. Strap on some solid boots, throw on a raincoat - you're good to go. For whatever reason this hit me very strongly that morning and I began to think about this idea of preparation - the fact that we can prepare for adverse scenarios to make them more enjoyable.
It carries through all of life when you believe that anything is possible. Whenever you see the rain outside your metaphoric window, it's nothing to fear - just put on your raincoat and step outside.