Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Falling From The Sky July 29, 2014

It’s normally not one of my favorite things when the sky cries. It happens a lot around here in the springtime, and (at least this year) pretty frequently in the summertime. The summertime storms are not my favorite, with their loud crashing sounds but I deal all right compared to a lot of the stories I’ve heard about fellow four-leggers. To be honest, it is definitely one of few things I am in denial about there being a silver lining. All right, I suppose there are some benefits (like the plants flourishing, for example). But in general, rain does not bring good things in my opinion.Heavenly Reflections

At least that’s what I thought until tonight. I went outside to keep mom company as she refilled the bird feeders that now scatter through my backyard paradise when it happened. The smell. If you’ve ever stood outside a few moments before a spring or summer rain, you know what I’m talking about. It is a distinct and indescribable scent that somehow uplifts and restores the soul. I can’t explain it.

Mom smelled it too, because she seemed somehow to be floating through the yard as she busied herself with the feeders. Meanwhile, I sat back watching as fireflies danced and a cool wind blew through my fur. It was a pretty perfect moment.

I find these happening from time to time. Moments with raindrops and fireflies that somehow bring joy to everyone there to witness them. In this (albeit rare) case, I was happy to welcome in the rain that continues to pitter patter on the windowsills as I write. In this case I find it soothing, comforting and refreshing. Like most things, I know it’s all a matter of perspective. Maybe God knew I needed a reminder of that tonight so he brought to life a thought by English writer and philosopher Gilbert Chesterson.

“When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down,” Chesterson suggested. “Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”



4 Responses to “Falling From The Sky”

  1. utesmile Says:

    Seeing your picture with the hammock in the back… I just ordered myself one and had it delivered. I have no trees but it comes with a metal frame. One of my dreams come true… lying in a hammock relaxing. So I hope for nice weather. 🙂

  2. No rainbow without the rain! Ain’t that the truth. I see in your picture you’re taking Gilbert C’s advice. Looking up. That’s what you do best, buddy.

    Love and licks,

  3. I do love the rain, there is no better feeling than being out in a rain storm when it’s hot!

  4. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiles, I know what you mean about that smell the rain brings. It’s just the most wonderful smell. It’s like the lovely sunshiny smell on the laundry when you take it off the clothesline all dry and fresh. And we can’t forget that totally delicious freshly bathed baby smell 🙂

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