Have you looked into your heart and evaluated the changes you want to make in your life? This month on The Classics, I’m curating a gem by “The Dash” poet Linda Ellis - it struck me deep on life’s necessary hardships. “Necessary Rains” is a gentle reminder to be thankful for both the rainbows and rainfalls in my life, and I hope you find this classic insightful as well. Enjoy.
As I watch the rain fall down upon
the eager, thirsty earth
I wonder if we realize
what each drop is really worth.
To flourish, thrive and blossom,
the porous ground refrains
until it has been greeted by
the necessary rains.
A lifetime is a balance
of peaks and valleys,
highs and lows.
Each hardship, temporary -
like each rain, it comes and goes.
To weather through the pounding rains,
clouds of trouble, pain and sorrow,
we must remember that each storm will pass
and the sun will shine tomorrow.
In our lifetime, as in nature,
there are changes through each season;
every change, it has a purpose,
every rainfall has a reason.
How could anyone know bravery,
if he never knew of fear?
How could anyone love laughter,
if he never shed a tear?
Perhaps the answers will be found
in the days that lie ahead
when we receive one extra blessing
for each tear that we have shed.
Do not waste today with worry
or what hasn’t happened yet,
or dwell on yesterday’s occurrences
with questions and regret.
Learn to balance life’s blessings
with its inevitable pain
by considering each and every storm …
a necessary rain.
- Linda Ellis
As Dolly Parton famously said, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Think of all the necessary rains you’ve weathered through to arrive to this day: How many rainbows have you lingered long enough to see? How much have you changed since the last rainfall? Ponder on these things, and you’ll realize just how blessed you are.