I was scrolling the internet this morning. Not for anything particular, but I was looking for a quote or something that spoke to me during my morning kickstart (I'll share more about this in another post). As of 8:45, the time I'm writing this, it's raining today in Boise. By raining, I mean it is pouring. It's actually kind of soothing if I'm being honest. We don't get a lot of rain here and I used to live in Juneau, Alaska where we saw nearly 100 inches of rain a year. It's interesting how I despised the rain when I was in Alaska but now I find myself craving it. The sound, the smell, the nourishment. There's something about it that reminds me of growth and the importance of it for life. But back to the quote... "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." I saw this as a perfect rainy day quote because so many people dwell on the negative and why they don't like the rain, change in seasons, elements, etc. I remember those days. I remember living in Alaska and letting the rain ruin a perfectly good day. I remember saying how much I hated living there, how I hated the weather, how I didn't like always feeling cold or wet. What a horrible, negative view that I had because of something that is needed. So, with that being said, when I saw this quote I thought, what a perfect day to be that rainbow for someone who is feeling discouraged or frustrated because maybe they haven't come to appreciate the rain yet.
I dropped my daughter off at school at 8:30 this morning. It was pouring. I could not find her umbrella anywhere (remember, it doesn't rain a lot here lol). I told her to just get out of the car and run (carefully) to the door so that she can go inside. As she got out of the car, a little girl, probably about the same age as her, walked up with her umbrella. I heard her tell McKinley they could share the umbrella and walk together to the entrance of the school so that she wouldn't get wet. What a sweet gesture and what a reminder that the littlest acts of kindness are rainbows for others. We should all seek to provide a rainbow to those around us. Kind gestures and words. Being supportive and encouraging. These little acts can make a big difference in how another perceives his or her day, and honestly, in a day where it is dark, dreary, rainy and overcast with clouds, there is nothing brighter than the love and kindness we show to others. While I think of how I can encourage others and make today an incredible day, I'm going to sit inside, with my fuzzy fleece pullover and candles burning, and listen to the rain. After all, the rainbow is the reward for the rain, and that in itself makes it a sweet, perfectly amazing day.