Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

Was Karen Carpenter Correct?

I woke up this morning to the sound of a tremendous rainstorm down here in Nashville.  I love the sound of the rain when it hits the roof; although driving in it is a pain.  I’m one of these people who free associates and when I heard the rain, the thought of it made me think of the line from a song from The Carpenters, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”  I know it’s a song, but I started to think why that may be the case.  The Monday thing I get since that’s when most of those who work outside the home go back to work, but the rainy day thing made me ask some questions.

So what is it about a rainy day that might get someone down?  I guess the gray day would be one contributing factor, and of course the inconvenience, especially if you have to leave the house.  However, a rainy day would definitely be better than no day…hopefully that’s a given.  But a rainy day gives you plenty of time for reflection.  It’s one of those times when the melodic sound of the rain can bring me into a meditative state, slowing me down and allowing me to be quiet for a time.  When I go out in the rain and I get wet it’s the tactile sensation that shocks me into an awake state allowing me to connect with nature.

Where does that leave us?  Well if this is the day we’re given, what are you going to do with it?  Are you going to allow it to get you down, or will you revel in it?  Are you willing to take a rainy day and a Monday and live it to the fullest?  How will you celebrate your rainy day whether it’s literal or figurative.  We all have rainy days on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, especially following the diagnosis of a chronic or life-altering illness.  Are you going to let it get you down, or can you transform it into a sunny day in your heart?  I guess that’s what we all need whether or not we’re facing a health challenge…sunny days in our heart!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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