Rain, Rain, and More Rain

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-by Matt Leedham

If you live on the East Coast of the U.S., you are likely drenched from head to toe. It has been raining for what seems like a week now. And this has not just been like an Irish mist that produces rainbows (and sometimes leprechauns), but more like Amazonian rainfall that washes small villages away.

Upon reflecting on the rain, I thought about all of the idioms, expressions, and metaphors about rain, and really love two of them:

When it rains, it pours

When it rains, you get wet

They’re so similar, yet have completely different meanings. The possible meanings actually multiply depending on your perspective.

Think of the Levels of Energy we’ve been discussing. How would someone operating at Level 1 view the expression “when it rains, it pours”? He or she might say something like, “there are so many challenges and things keep getting worse and worse.”

How about someone at Level 5? The response might be, “wow, the challenges are multiplying….what’s the best opportunity for me here?” Very different!

How would someone at Level 1 respond to “when it rains, you get wet”? The response might be, “darn it, every time it rains, I get wet!”

At Level 5? How about, “every time it rains, I get wet!” But there’s more… “How can I have fun with this?”

There’s another expression, not related to rain, that I think is beautiful.

It’s always darkest just before dawn.

That’s a very Level 5 way to look at things.

Many years ago, I found a humorous poster that poked fun at the expression above. Jokingly, this is a Level 1 way to look at darkness. Hope you get a kick out of it!

It’s always darkest just before it goes pitch black.

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