My Missy Moo (toddler girl) has been watching this one episode of Barney and Friends over and over again. Though I don’t have anything against the purple dinosaur, it never fails that the songs get stuck in my head…I then proceed to sing them – a common mommy event, I’m sure.
One particular song that has invaded my brain is the “Raindrops” one. The lyrics go:
If all the raindrops were gumdrops and lemon drops,
Oh, what a rain that would be.
Then they stand there with their mouths open, tongues out, as if to catch the yummy candy as it comes down. It got me thinking after rolling around in my head for about an hour; how many times do we get disappointed when we know it’s going to rain or snow? Our picnic or outing may be ruined; the walk or run we had planned gets bumped in exchange for an indoor activity; or your mood simply plummets when the sky is gray.
I do have a point…really.
What if we just start getting thankful for every “Raindrop” whether we think we want it or not? Even better, what if we consider an event (good or bad) as something that simply “is” and has the potential to give into our lives (like the perpetual falling of gumdrops and lemon drops). Hint: you have to choose to open up and receive.
I believe that young children to do this on a regular basis. That is why you will find them engrossed in one thing many times over. They relish the positive energy and joy that one toy, one TV program, one person brings to their experience. And, when we grow up, we forget to find the wonder in that one thing…our life. We are too busy wondering what to do next that we can’t find the now. Maybe Barney should do a show for us.
Are you clear about what you see in the “raindrops” of your life? Probably not completely, no one is…not even the most “in touch” person on the planet. It’s best to understand most things on a need to know basis. In other words, if we knew everything about our future, we would likely be petrified with fear. It’s called a journey that we take one step at a time (one rain at time). We do need some clarity, however. The kind that keeps us going, picks us up when we stumble, and tells us that there are “gumdrops and lemon drops” in the rain…and “chocolate bars and milkshakes” in the snow. It could be you just need to wipe your eyes and take another look.
Now go buy yourself some gumdrops and lemon drops! Enjoy them, and know that you can have them anytime you want. Be well-be beautiful.