“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”
It’s raining again today, and I’m over it. I want to go outside. I want my son to go outside. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to go outside in the rain. We’re going to splash around, and jump in puddles, and get wet, and cold, and dirty. And then we’re going to come back inside and dry off. We’re going to changed into warm clothes, and have a snack, and take it from there.
As I write this, I am reminded of the singer Roger Miller, who during an interview on ABC once said “some people feel the rain, others just get wet.” It’s a fairly benign quote, on the surface. But the more I think about it, the more I’m taken by the insight. When faced with a reality we don’t like, we can be present, be grounded, and experience it for what it is, or we can passively feel the effects. For a long time I chose the latter. When confronted with emotions, or realities I didn’t like, I tried to change the way I felt. People do this in many different ways; drugs, alcohol, sex, shopping, food, gambling. The strategy is the same; do something that makes you feel different. I don’t live that way anymore. Now I try to be present. In the good, the bad, the mundane, the exciting. I try to be present, because I believe that is where God is. Not in the past, and not in the future, but in the right now. So today I’m going to go outside. And instead of just getting wet, I’m going to feel the rain.