Sometimes it’s hard to see beyond the rain. It’s dark and gloomy and we don’t want to go outside, be uncomfortable or get wet. So we wait for the rain to pass until we can enjoy the sunshine again. Sometimes, it’s in those moments of being uncomfortable (“rain”) that we realize our greatest strengths, or find ways to do things a little differently. Of course in those moments, it’s a prime opportunity to find things to be grateful for.
The rain and rainbows can have different meanings for everyone. One may look at this quote and think that you have to suffer to be worthy of joy. I personally don’t look at it that way. I think when we realize it’s raining, it gives us an opportunity to shift gears, reflect and make changes so the rainbows can appear.
For me, my rain is my emotions. I hold onto emotions that keep me scared, nervous and living small. So, my rainbow appears when I let go of my own limiting beliefs.
Take a piece of paper, and write down what no longer serves you (your rain). These could be emotions, habits, relationships or anything that you don’t want to take with you into the new year. These are some of mine.....
- Once you’ve written them down, say goodbye to the paper, rip it up and throw it away. If you have a wood stove or fireplace going, you could toss in the paper for added drama 😉
Now, write down your rainbows 🌈 Here are some of mine.....It helps to put your rainbows in a place where you can see them to remind you everyday what you want to focus on. A great way to do this would be to create a virtual or actual vision board. This helps to visualize the life you want to live!
I hope you enjoy this exercise. It’s not something you have to save for the end of the year. You can do this anytime you need to let go of something.