After several consecutive warm, sunny days, today I woke up to grey skies and rain.  My first thought was “It figures.”  I’d had a lousy night’s sleep, didn’t feel like dealing with a planned workout, and was anxiously awaiting news from my father about his recent hospital tests.  All of these factors added up to ZERO motivation for my day.

But then Joe (a trainer) arrived and forced me to exercise, I had a conference call with a lawyer who is helping me negotiate my first publishing contract, and my brother called with an update on my father (no real news, but nothing got worse throughout the night).

Now I’m sitting at my desk looking out the window at this pretty little dogwood tree in my front yard.IMG_0867  The sky is still a solid cloud, the pavement is darkened with moisture, but I no longer feel as blue about the weather.

In fact, now I realize a rainy day can be rather romantic.  It provides an excuse to curl up with a book (or a chick flick) without feeling guilty – can’t do yard work, no reason to run errands in the rain when they can wait until tomorrow, and so on.  Plus, the wet mulch, grass, and flowers smell wonderful.  And the birds are out there chirping away, waiting for the worms to come up to the surface.  It’s very musical.

In its own way, a rainy day sort of “cleans” the slate, gives me a chance to slow down and rejuvenate, and helps the flowers grow.   Better yet, the soccer practice fields may close for the day, which means we can spend an enjoyable evening around the table instead of shuffling back and forth on different schedules.

So, instead of sulking about this day (as I’d started off doing), now I’m celebrating the unexpected benefits it offers.  This is the so-called silver lining, right?  The real trick would be remembering to look for these unexpected benefits whenever anything disappointing occurs.  I’m working on that “glass half full” outlook, but it’s very much a work-in-progress!

How about you?  What’s your favorite rainy day activity?

xo-jamie