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It’s raining, it’s pouring

I went to bed with rain coming down and woke up to the same. It’s a rainy day out. I can hear the pitter pat of the drops as they hit the roof. It’s definitely going to be a wet kind of day, and I have a few appointment to go to so it looks like I will probably be getting wet in the process.

Yet even though it’s raining out, I know it’s not raining because of me. It’s not my fault the clouds are dumping water out and mucking up the day. There’s nothing I can do about it either. There’s no wishing it away or magic wand I can produce to send the storm somewhere else. The reality is that it’s dark and rainy and I can’t change that. That’s just how it is.

Today you may feel like you are wading your way through a storm. Clouds are hanging over head and mucking up your day. You try to wish them away, but they just won’t go. It’s dark and rainy and there’s nothing you can do about it…except…

You can decide that no matter the rain or darkness, you are going to have a good day. It really is that simple. Storms come and storms go. No storm lasts forever. The storm you are in, it will end and the sun will come out again. Some storms are longer than others, but they all come to an end…every one.

I like to think of it this way: “Rain makes me feel less alone. All rain is, is a cloud falling apart, and pouring its shattered pieces down on top of you. It makes me feel good to know I’m not the only thing that falls apart. It makes me feel better to know other things in nature can shatter.” (Lone Alaskan Gypsy)

You may be awaiting test results or facing a family crisis, you may be drowning in financial difficulties or surrounded by loneliness, your heart may be breaking or your mind is filled with worries, but no matter what you are facing, you don’t have to go through it alone. Share your umbrella with someone else.

I can guarantee you that if you take a moment to peak out from under your umbrella, you will see someone else walking in the same direction you are without an umbrella. Lift yours up a little bit higher and offer to hold it for them too. Two walking together in the rain is better than one. You could even turn it into a party and see if more people could fit. It won’t make the storm pass quicker, but it will make the time more enjoyable as you support one another.

If you just so happen to be one of the umbrella-less people right now, you don’t have keep getting poured on. Look up. You will see umbrellas everywhere that are willing to share. Reach out and ask for help. Sometimes that can be the hardest thing in the world to do, but in the end it keeps you from getting soaked. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed. It really is okay to ask for help. It really is. We all need each other.

Then after the storm has come and gone, get out there a jump in the puddles.

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About the Author
About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

15 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Are you in summer yet? We have a bright sunny day and in the mile of winter.
    Janice had to be taken to hospital yesterday in an ambulance and seeing I can’t rive now I will be seeing her tonight. This is a bit frustrating for me as before I was taking care of her. Now I have to rely on others to help me see her. Hopefully I will have a better picture tomorrow but it’s still annoying.
    So I stayed home today and did the dishes, cleaned the cat tray outside and moved our printer back inside so I don’t have to do a treck to use it.This afternoon i might do some vacuuming if it turns out good for me.

  2. Joy
    Joy says:

    Another great words of comfort..
    Rain is the best when it’s warm out it takes be back to being a kid and playing in the puddles..
    Thanks everyone have a HAPPY DAY!!

  3. Leslie Beaver says:

    I also like rain. But I will quibble a little. We are not “falling apart”. Changing of necessity of course. Not able to do all that we did prior to our MS? Yes, of course. But we still carry on as best we can. Within the reality that we did not chose but are living with. Here endeth the quibble.

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