The Rhythm of the Rain

(I decided to take a different approach today and blog in the form of an incomplete short story. Hope you enjoy.)

As she sat on her bed listening to the  pitter-pat of the raindrops falling on her rooftop, she felt a certain peace. There is something soothing about the rhythm the rain makes as it falls. With the lights out in the quiet of her room, she breathed a sigh of relief. The last couple of weeks had been stressful, dealing with family and the ex-boyfriend. “Oh, how I wish problems would just leave me alone, but, that’s not how life goes, is it?” she mumbled to herself.  Ah, but, the rain, it had the magical power to wash away all of that stress. Even the distant rumblings of thunder were a comfort to her.

As she laid down and sunk her head into the pillow, her aching body relaxed.  Her tense muscles which all day long had held their shape almost as rigidly as a soldier at attention, began to loosen. Her eyes closed momentarily but she caught herself, opened them wide and she began to talk to God, which she did almost every evening. She decided not to call it ‘praying’ because it didn’t feel formal enough to call it actual prayer. She just had “conversations” with God. Most of the time these conversations included a laundry list of complaints, questions, and frustrations. If she wasn’t careful she was going to get herself all worked up again and she didn’t want to do that. Instead, she ceased her one-way conversation and lay there in silence. She could sense what she knew to be God’s presence. Even though He hadn’t answered any of her questions tonight, she somehow knew He was watching over her. Even on other days when she felt she’d been particularly ill-behaved, His presence remained with her, for which she was thankful.

The heavy rain pattern began to taper off, almost like the ending of a favorite song.  She took another deep breath before reaching down to pull her covers up over her body.  She felt her eyelids begin to droop. Yes, sleep was a very real option at this point. But what would she do about all of her pending problems? The ex-boyfriend with whom she had lived for five years and had broken up with one year ago, was still trying to fight with her over ownership of the condo they’d bought together.  Her estranged uncle Ted had started coming around again asking for money supposedly for a security deposit for an apartment he was trying to get, but, it was really to feed his addiction to alcohol. He could no longer mooch off of his girlfriend because she got fed up with his behavior and kicked him out.  Her boss at work was breathing down her neck about a project he wanted done ‘yesterday’…. She sighed aloud.  Too many things to think about this late in the evening.  Her head started to throb. “No, no, no headache! You cannot come back! I have to calm down again.”  She began to breathe deeply, letting the breaths seep out s-l-o-w-l-y like her therapist had told her to do.  It was helping a little. The more she concentrated on breathing, the less her mind focused on her problems.  “Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I won’t solve all of my problems this evening.  I may as well just sleep,” she reasoned aloud.  She continued breathing.

Suddenly, the rain started up again.  Ahhh, yes! She thought to herself. “My natural calming agent. God, let it rain all night!”  The rain steadily beat down on her rooftop.  The soothing rhythm calmed her once again.  Her eyes closed and she drifted off.  The sleep she was craving had finally arrived.

At Least…

Ugh! (Moan, whine, sigh)   It’s that time again.  You got paid, now it’s time to pay bills…and buy groceries and gasoline AND try to eke out a little bit of money for something fun.  It can definitely be depressing….unless you’re someone who is financially well off.  And if you are, congrats! But for the rest of us, there is little left after paying bills and taking care of the family’s needs.  I usually get a little grumpy and discouraged around this time and try to think of creative (legal and wholesome) ways to make more money.  I complain to God and then…

I start the “at least” list.  What is the “at least” list?  Well, it’s the moment when I realize that I’m not nearly as bad off as many whose struggles are far greater than mine.  It goes a little something like this:

  • At least I can pay my bills on time each month.
  • At least I have a full-time job, because so many do not.
  • At least I have nice clothes to wear that have stayed in good condition over the last few years.
  • At least I can buy groceries to feed my family and myself, even if it’s not all of our favorite food.
  • At least I can fill my car with gasoline as needed.
  • At least I have a car, many don’t.
  • At least I have a decent place to live and I can pay the rent.
  • At least I am blessed to have a place to live and I’m not homeless, thank God.
  • At least I have a little bit of change left over to do something thrifty but fun.

It goes on and on.  If you think about it, most times you have more to be thankful for than you realize.  And what started out as my grump session to God, usually turns into “Thanks God. I may not have everything I want, but I have everything I need.”

Make your own “at least” list.  God bless. 🙂

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Beauty In Nature

Have you ever marveled at the beauty in nature?  Maybe (secretly) you watch those nature programs on PBS.  It’s alright, your secret is safe with me.  (Shhh! I watch them, too.)

On my way to work some mornings, when it’s clear, I get to see the sunrise – all of the yellows, oranges, and pinks.  The dawning of a new day is breathtaking.  Or, have you ever watched birds soar in the air?  They just glide and swoop and twirl in the air.  It makes me wish I could fly like that. Of birds, when my children were smaller, whenever they’d see birds sitting in a row on the telephone wire, they’d say “Mom! Look at the bird choir!”  Too cute!

I’ll never forget, when I lived on the west coast, my first time seeing a hummingbird up close outside of my window.  I was amazed at the tiny wings fluttering so fast that it held the bird in the air, hovering as it visited a flower.  Wings fluttering so fast it sounded like a slight buzzing sound.  Hummingbirds are gorgeous creatures to behold as they dance from flower to flower.

Or maybe you love the water.  Ahhh, something about the lake or the ocean is calming.  The rhythmic dance of the waves as they lap up on shore. And the beautiful expanse of those bodies of water puts you in awe.

Or maybe you like mountains? Hikes on the trail? Walks in the park? Sailing on the open water? Gardening and watching the miracle of life come from a seed?

Whatever it is, don’t miss the beauty and wonder that nature provides.  It can be something that brings joy and wonder to your day…little moments of awe.

God has created such wonders in nature for us to behold.

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One Lovely Blog Award

I have received a BLOG award! From fellow blogger morningstoryanddilbert, it is “One Lovely Blog award”.

Here is a blurb from the About page of   morningstoryanddilbert

How I got started on this adventure

Several years ago I had job as a Technical Writer.  I was doing a lot of work with screen prints that proved to be cumbersome when inserting images into my documents.  I began a search for software that would make this portion of my job a little easier.  I had a program named Snagit loaded on my PC.  To increase my familiarity with this program, I began sending screen captures with the daily Dilbert comic to a couple of my friends with a short Proverb or quote by email. 

Over time the list of friends grew to approximately 100.  The company I work for caught on to the large number of “Dilbert” emails coming into the corporate network and began to block it.

To get around this I started Blogging.  My first Blog site was with a company that offered free services.  That company soon sold out and the new owner did not like free blogging.  My next step was a move to WordPress and I started the Morning Story and Dilbert Blog.

Thanks for stopping by and checking the site out!!!

God Bless.

I have to complete the five statements below to receive the award:

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.  Done

2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to. Done

3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy.  Done and see the links and descriptions below

4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.  Done!

5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.   Done!

I must complete the ten Questions below to receive the award:

1. What kind of blogs do you read most? Food and Encouraging Blogs

2. What is your favorite Ice Cream? Coconut Milk Ice Cream (dairy free)

3. What is your favorite food? Depends on the day.

4. Do you prefer Boxers or Briefs? n/a

5. What is your favorite quote? dont have just one

6. Tell us about your most embarrassing moment? too many to choose from

7. What do you prefer, dogs or cats?   Dogs

8. Besides writing what is your favorite thing to do? dance

9. Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? Dark

10. What is the best invention you have ever seen?  remains to be seen

Now Nominate others.. (these are in no particular order or ranking).