Rain Walking

I love to walk! This can be challenging as I live in Auckland.

I’m not referring to the 50+ extinct volcanoes adding character to the city. Walking up and down the hills breaks monotony!

The awesome challenge is timing your walk within a climate that experiences summer and winter within any given hour.

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Auckland has two seasons: warm rain and cool rain. The weather service records 2,066 hours of sunshine each year. That means half the day is cloudy on average and 131 of those days it rains.

Today I waited for the right moment: I was sure I had a 90 minute window for a rain-free walk. Living in a valley, I could not see what was behind the hills. So you know what happened—it started raining ‘all over me’ within 20 minutes.

Many people grow discouraged when it ‘rains over all them’. Perhaps you were enjoying sunshine and warm air when suddenly you lost your relationship or your business took a financial hit. Bad things happen; like rain, it is a fact of life.

The thing about rain-walking: you cannot control Nature but you can control your attitude. And so it is too with your relationships and business. You choose to enjoy and become a part of Forces more powerful than yourself. Or you choose to run and seek shelter.

I choose to enjoy what I cannot control: rain and all. It is the best way to experience life!

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Originally posted 2 August 2012