It’s been raining for days.
Rain in April is great. Not so much all through April AND May.
The joke here in the mid-west is some variation of “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes, it will change.”
Or “9:00 AM – Winter, 11:00 AM, – Spring, 1:00 PM – Summer, 3:00 PM – Fall.”
We have often used the furnace and the air conditioning in the same day.
An annoyance to be sure, but relatively harmless.
This constant rain has some long lasting repercussions.
On the the small side – mowing grass is really difficult.
On the larger, more impactful side, the farmers cannot get to their fields. The impact will be far reaching, and most likely the costs of everything will rise.
How does any of this connect with “Quiet” or “Quietude” or “Quiescence”?
The answer is simple. Not easy. But simple.
Weather is among a long list of things that we have absolutely no control over.
If I cannot control it, then what must I do to get through it without bringing myself and those around me down?
I have found that when I take the time for quiet. Five minutes. Fifteen minutes. Thirty minutes. Whatever I can, then my mind can calm down.
When my mind is no longer running amok, then I can think rationally about what steps need to be taken next.
If we leave our minds to their own devices, they can get crazy in a hurry, and it can take a really long time to come back from all that trauma and drama.
So take a moment, or four, with me, and gather your thoughts. Calm your mind.
Be able to be constructively helpful, even when times are tough.
You may even be able to enjoy some flowers in the midst of the storm.