I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining!

There’s an advert on tv at the moment.  I can’t for the life of me tell you what it’s for, just that it features the song ‘raindrops keep falling on my head’.

And as a result I’ve found myself singing the song a fair bit in the last few days.  It reminds me of primary school – I’m pretty sure we sang it in our choir!  Back then the lyrics didn’t mean that much, it was just a fun song to sing. Now though, the lyrics start to take on a bit more meaning.  Especially this line:

I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining

“I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining”

It just seems to fit so perfectly with all my current attempts to see the positive side of things.

The rain will come.  Bad things will happen.  But complaining about them won’t change it.  It won’t make it better.  Well, it might make us feel better for a little while!  But there comes a point where we have to decide that the complaining is just useless.  For one it keeps us in a place of weakness.  The rain is happening TO us.  We are passive in the situation.

What we really need to do is take back our power.  We can’t stop the rain, but we can stop our negative thinking about it.  We can find the positives in the situation.  There is always, always something to be thankful for.

There is a post I read once on Pinterest that I just love:

“This is a brick wall.  It’s in your way.  You can climb over it.  Or tunnel underneath it.  Or kick it down.  Or try to walk around it.  Or you can sit down on the ground in front of it and weep bitter, life-is-not-fair, brick-wall hating tears.

But let’s be honest: When you cry, your mascara runs.  And so does your nose.  And your eyes get red and puffy.  And when you’re done, that brick wall will still be there, in your way.

But the choice is yours”

It’s all the same message really.  We can complain.  We can sit and cry.  We can shout at the Universe for being so unfair.

Or we can embrace the situation.

Look for the good.

Find a solution.

Dance in the rain and go kick some walls down!

Cuddle Fairy
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