The wisdom of the rain

December 29, 2014

If you are caught unprepared by a sudden rainstorm, you should not be unnecessarily distressed and run down the road like a cat nor hide under the eves of houses. Look here! You are going to get soaked either way. You might as well come to terms with that idea of being wet from the very beginning – it’s really a matter of whether you get soaked right down to the bone or just wet…..but either way. You are in for a dunk. So just walk like you would normally walk and go about your business in the way you normally would. This is acceptance of things that we as humans can never hope to change.

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‘There used to be a time not so very long ago, when I would expect others to honor their words. Play fair and square. Be on the level. Considerate. etc etc. But nowadays I no longer hold out that lofty expectation of others any longer.

Whenever a politician speaks these days. It’s not unusual for me to ask myself, ‘what does he really want this time?….more money?’ The same goes for people who I work with. I never expect them to go beyond the buck! As for those who should care and love me. I don’t expect them to care or love me any longer.

Recently I came down with dengue fever. I didn’t want to bother anyone. So I just switch off the phone. Left a lot of food for the dogs and slept in. There I was lying in bed and a glass of water was just a few inches away. I looked at it so many times wantingly….yearning to slake my thirst, but I was too weak to even reach out to bring it to my mouth. So I just made do with being terribly thirsty. I was not sad. Or unhappy. I merely accepted it.

That I reckon is a summary of life. When a man learns the wisdom to accept many of the things that he can never hope to change in his life and strives to live in peace with those things. Then those things that used to make him angry, resentful and bitter will no longer have the power to torment him. Many men do not know this. That’s why they regularly get worked up over little things and jump up and down. Some are even more childish calling up their lawyers to sue this or that person. All for what? Simply because they are ignorant of this wisdom of the rain. They can’t bear the idea of getting even a bit wet. So they go round and round chasing their own tail like one of those crazy cats you see from time to time….diffusing all their energy on trivial pursuits. Till they become so consumed by their own self importance that they implode from within. That’s how a man makes a complete fool of himself.

But when a man cultivates acceptance. He can suddenly do many things. For one this man is comfortable with the rain. I know this may not be a big deal to you, but that’s only because to you probably believe life is all about waiting for storms to pass right by….not me….to me life will always be how well one can dance in the rain.

This is the road to inner peace and contentment.’

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