I was out to dinner this past weekend with my best friend.
We were eating at the cutest little outdoor restaurant in the West Village of New York City, dining al fresco under an, admittedly “iffy” looking sky.
You know the type — ominous looking puffy clouds, but if you’re just optimistic enough, you can trick yourself into believing it won’t rain, and will surely be a beautiful evening.
Well, that was me.
And that was definitely not how the evening ended up.
We were sitting under a canary yellow umbrella, we had just finished a truly divine meal- grilled branzino with shaved fennel, heirloom tomatoes and rocket arugula – and sipping an Aperol Spritz, when all of a sudden…the sky literally opened up and it absolutely poured the hardest rain I’ve ever personally experienced.
The raindrops were the size of golf balls, and it was as though the sky was absolutely hurling them at us, not just from the top – down, but also: sideways. And somehow…from the ground – up.
My friend and I just looked at each other in hilarious unbelief. There was nowhere for us to go: the restaurant inside was closed because of COVID19 restrictions. We were a 10 minute walk from home. And it was just us, and the barely beneficial “shelter” from the umbrella.
But as we were sitting there, laughing, getting positively soaked, I realized something:
I was having fun.
I was having an absolute blast getting drenched.
Put me in that situation — even just six months ago — and I would have been freaking out over my hair or my outfit, I would have been worried about my shoes, or stressing over getting an Uber. But not now. Not today.
And that’s because of one thing: I was embracing the rain.
Since these pandemic times, I’ve adopted a very deliberate shift in thinking…and that is to take whatever is thrown at me, and just embrace it. Come what may. Find the good, find the fun, find the humor.
Life is more fun that way.
That’s one takeaway that I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my life, that frankly, I wish I would have adopted that thinking when I was recovering from anorexia.
The embrace life’s hiccups mantra.
Because if there’s anything certain in this life — (other than death and taxes) — it’s that we will be thrown unexpected downpours while dining alfresco, every once in a while.
I mean, just look at the last six months…
The truth of the matter is that it’s okay. You get rained on…life goes on. There is beauty in the storm.
Frankly, it was a blast, sipping cocktails with my bestie with a torrential downpour happening literally right over our shoulder. It was a memory we’ll have for the rest of our lives. And to be perfectly honest — it was actually a nice respite from the 90 degree heat and 100% humidity!
But that’s the thing. Even in the most relentless of storms, there’s goodness to be found.
I was talking about this with a particular gentleman just yesterday, in regards to my mother’s stroke.
That season — though incredibly painful — brought my family so close together. It cemented a bond that we’ll have for the rest of our lives.
Recovering from anorexia — same deal. It gave me an appreciation for life, and it set me on the “right” path for my life, and rid me of some crippling cancers in my life, namely: pride and vanity.
Embrace the rain.
Sitting there with my bestie, I felt so alive. I felt free. I felt grateful. I felt present.
All things that come when we accept what God is allowing us to go through.
It is that peace that I pray for myself, my loved ones, and for all of you.
Thanks for reading, and next time you’re out dining alfresco – COVID style – might I suggest wearing waterproof shoes 😉
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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