Showers and Flowers


April conjures this old rhyme every year.

April showers bring May flowers.

We use it to cheer ourselves on those wet, gray days of spring. Those sometimes endless wet days! Used as a metaphor, we remind ourselves that sometimes what we experience as unpleasant is necessary if we are to enjoy the benefits life has to offer.

A dry April will make for a dismal May! Not all of life that is beneficial appears as what we perceive as positive experience.


The Good Luck, Bad Luck Story

A poor farmer and his son owned a farm. Although they did not have many animals, they did own a horse. One day the horse ran away up into the hills.

“How terrible, what bad luck,” the neighbors said to the farmer.

“Good luck, bad luck, who knows?” replied the farmer.

Several weeks later the horse returned, bringing with him a several wild mares.

“What marvelous luck,” said the neighbors this time.

“Good luck, bad luck, who knows?” replied the farmer.

The son worked hard to tame the wild horses. One day, however, he was thrown and broke his leg.

“What bad luck,” the neighbors all said.

“Good luck, bad luck, who knows?” replied the farmer.

The next week the army came to the village to take all the young men to fight in the king’s war. The farmer’s son could not go because he was still disabled with his broken leg.

And the farmer repeated to his neighbors, “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”

I have used this story many times to remind myself not to prejudge an event or circumstance – even when it is something as simple as leaving the house late because I can’t find my keys. The manner in which my day unfolds can be absolutely changed by that five minute delay. Knowing this wakes me up from the dream of my whole day. I am reminded by a minor glitch. I remember, good luck, bad luck, who knows?

Perhaps this simple shift in awareness is in itself why my day can improve from there. I have just replaced frustration and annoyance with possibility and flexibility. Not such a bad trade!

wild rose

The point may be that the showers in our lives are just like the ones falling from the sky in April. Not always pleasant but always an important part of a larger, beneficial pattern. So when the showers come, play in the rain and splash in the puddles! Remember that through the eye of our awareness, we only see the smallest part of the big picture that is life. When we don’t immediately label things “good” or “bad”, we can keep an open, curious nature and enjoy all the little steps upon the way.


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