Friday, April 1, 2011

April Showers

I’m not a fan of rainy days, but considering the wintry weather we’ve had, rain is an acceptable compromise. And rainy days mean that we will have nice green lawns, beautiful gardens, and delicious produce. So even though they’re gloomy and dreary, the drudgery is worth it because the benefits are so great.

We all have our bad days. Some days are worse than others. As adults, we all have worries, and sometimes there’s tragedy. Those “rainy days” can get us down, and we don’t know if we will ever see daylight. For many of us, writing helps us to work out our anger, our concerns, and our sadness. It’s therapy. And sometimes, having bad experiences in our past gives an edge to our writing. After all, when we’ve experienced an emotion, we are better able to describe it, to bring that feeling to life.

I’m not wishing for bad times. And I wouldn’t wish them on anyone else. But sometimes I need a reminder that all things happen for a reason. And maybe one of the reasons we have “rainy days” is so that we, as writers, can effectively reach out to others who are having them, too.

Eventually the rain ends, and the sun comes out. We can count on it. May your rainy days be few, and may the sun shine brightly afterward.

Patty Kiyono

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