Men’s best successes come after their disappointments. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
I have always loved this quote! I try to be a glass half full kind of person. When I was a little girl, thunderstorms frightened me so much that they would actually make me sick. And after I learned the trick of counting between the lightening and thunder to tell how many miles away it was…forget about it!!! I would cry if it was anything under 2 digits! However, even at such a young age, and with the terror I felt over each storm…I ALWAYS went outside when it subsided to look for a rainbow. Here I am age 27 on a rainy day. I don’t get sick anymore, and the lightening and thunder no longer scare me (except the occasional clap of thunder catching me off guard…don’t act like it’s never happened to you. LOL) I have grown quite fond of such weather on occasion. At work today everyone was in raincoats or had umbrellas. Not me. I was told once that rain is God’s tears…why are we shielding ourselves from that?! So here I sit, blogging after a whole month of silence…hoping the rain stops before it gets dark out so I can look for a rainbow!
I found a bookmark once that said, “If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.” I bought 10 of them. I ran my fastest mile ever in the rain. I bought my first car in the rain. Test drove my Jeep for two days before I bought it…in the rain. And that scene at the end of ‘Cast Away’ where Tom Hanks & Helen Hunt kiss (in the rain) is one of my favorite scenes from any movie. Mr. Beecher spoke to my soul with this one. Rain always seems to be a disappointment for people. Wait for it though…a success will come. It may not always be in the form of stuff as awesome as kisses and cars, but look around, it’s there, sometimes you just have to find it.
I was talking to an old friend today (not old in age, rather someone I have called a friend for years…to clarify. LOL) about sharing your feelings and it, like many conversations we have had, got me thinking. I am one who, almost uncontrollably at times, says what’s on my mind. If I am upset with someone, they know it. If I do not favor something, I voice it. In some past instances, this has not gone well for me. *Under-statement of the year!* Let me rephrase that…I’ve been disciplined for this for as long as I can remember. But ONLY in instances where my diarhea of the mouth was negative. Of course the consequences will be more turbulent for telling someone to ‘get bent’ then for saying ‘i love you’. So let’s take only positive things, go all or nothing, and vote! To share or to repress…that is the question!
I hardly want to be overbearing in someones life and if this is something I honestly need to work on, then I will give it a shot. But I would rather someone know truly how I feel, and remind them of it often, as opposed to have something happen and have to wonder if they knew.
When I was 15, my best friend died. He was as much of a boyfriend as I could have with my mom & dad. I don’t remember our last kiss. (yes, I kissed a boy when I was 15. Don’t judge me! It’s probably why I’m so good at it now. LOL) I do remember our last conversation and it’s not what I would’ve wanted to leave him with. So for the last 13 years, I’ve tried to let everyone who has passed through my life know how important they were to me. I like saying what I feel, even knowing it won’t always be well received or reciprocated.
One of my most favorite cousins hates to hug! If you know me at all, you know that I am a hugger! So every time I get to spend time with her, I give her the biggest, greatest hugs on the planet! If you are thinking that it’s selfish of me to hug a non-hugger, stop. She knows how I am, that I love hugging people I care about and am an affection freak. So don’t you think any uncomfort she may feel will be over shadowed by the love and adoration I am showing her?!
Maybe I’m all wrong here. That’s why I’m asking for opinions. But I feel like I’ll just explode if I don’t say “I want to kiss you” when i’m thinking it. And I don’t want to regret not saying “I see your smile on everyone who yells at me at work.” or “you are my favorite cousin and I wanted to be just like you growing up.” or “I hope that I can have as successful a career as you. I’m very proud of what you have accomplished.” or “I love you. Truly.”
When said with sincerity, can these things be said too much? When completely heartfelt, is there still such a thing as too much information? Perhaps there are different levels? With people whom you trust implicitly…are there still verbal boundries? If so, how come? I sure wish there weren’t.
Today I love: Pink Elephants
Song of the day: Still By: Tim McGraw