January 29   

Today's quotation:

I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.

Adeline Knapp

Today's Meditation:

I find it very easy to stay inside when it's cold and wet outside.  On the other hand, I often sign up for runs that end up happening on cold and rainy days, and I do a lot of coaching, especially running, and we end up running in lots of different kinds of weather.  Some of the best times I've ever experienced have been cold, wet, rainy days on which I've gotten completely soaked.  I've run with a group of fifty kids aged 9-15 on days when most people wouldn't even go outside, and we've all had a lot of fun.

We've gotten wet, but then we've dried off.  And the warm home that I went to felt even more cozy and comfortable because of the rain and being wet.

But what Adeline says is very true, too.  The world during a rainfall is a different world in many ways, and it's extraordinary.  It sounds different, with the falling water hitting the ground and the trees and plants and cars; it looks different, with the dimmer sunlight and the darker surroundings that now shine in wetness; and it feels different--the world becomes something that we're not used to seeing and feeling.  It truly is a lovely world, and the wet clothes really don't do anything to diminish that loveliness.

Whenever I've just done something in a rain- or a snowfall, I feel like I've just been infused with a dose of extra energy, as if I've experienced something truly unique and beautiful.  We can head indoors at the first sign of rain and keep dry, of course, but when we do that we're not experiencing the world as it was made--we're simply avoiding something that somehow we've learned is unpleasant, but that truly is exhilarating and enjoyable.

Questions to consider:

Why do we tend to avoid being outdoors during inclement weather?

Other than staying dry, what are some of the benefits of rushing indoors as soon as it starts to rain?

What are some of the things that we miss when we don't experience the world as it was made, in all kinds of weather?

For further thought:

We are all of us cut off from nature, and not only the town dwellers.  It is perhaps important to remember something that we sometimes forget:  that a field is as much a human product as a street.  It is only on the seashore, on the moors, and in a few forests, that we see nature anything like what it was before man interfered with it.  Yet if we are intellectually and emotionally cut off from nature, we suffer a loss which is hard to define.

J.B.S. Haldane

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