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Dodging Raindrops

The other day my family and I were out for an evening walk. As we headed home, dark clouds started rolling in and we knew we probably wouldn’t make it back without getting wet. Sure enough, the rain started falling just as we entered our neighborhood. We all hurried down the street and into the house but when we got there I noticed that one of my sons was missing. I went back out in the rain and found him running in an erratic pattern in front of the house. His face was one of distress as he seemed to be going in circles. This is my child that typically hates getting wet.

I yelled to him, “What are you doing?!!”

“I hate getting wet!” he screamed back.

“Then why are you running around in the rain? Hurry inside!”

“I’m trying to but I have to dodge the rain drops!”

He was getting more soaked than any of the rest of us because he was trying to dodge the raindrops. As I went and put him under my arm and walked him inside, I realized that there is a good analogy in this story.

How often do you go through life “dodging the raindrops”?dont be afraid to fail

How often do you get so worried about the little failures or setbacks that might happen, that you miss out on the great adventures that you could be having? We can spend all of our time running around in circles trying not to fail or we can accept that failure is going to come and move forward anyway. Any happy and successful person will tell you that the road to success is paved with failures.

But every time you fail, you learn. Every time you learn, you improve. The more you improve, the more successful you will be.

Accept the fact that bad things are going to happen. Accept the fact that everything won’t always work out the way you want it to. Accept the fact that rain will fall and no amount of effort will help you avoid it.

If you can accept that but move forward in spite of it, you will find more sunny days than you ever expected.



  1. O yes.

  2. This meant a lot to me because I read it at a very important time when I was “dodging raindrops”, only when I move forward can I grow and succeed. Love reading your posts, always feel more inspired afterwards. Thank you.

  3. Great analogy for how we try to avoid that which we can not avoid. Better to run face into the rain, puddle stomp and have a blast!
    In the meantime, I do hope your little one learns to love the rain.

  4. Very wise advice 🙂

  5. Just can’t do that. I simply have to avoid as much bad stuff as I possibly can otherwise the worry will eat me up. And yes, there are goals out there that are not worth the risk. So I do not pursue them. I just can’t stand the anxiety of what could go wrong. Think of it like gambling. I never put down more than I can afford and most of the time I just don’t approach the table.

  6. Thank you very mutch . Het heeft mij goed gedaan.

  7. Just what I needed to read. Thank you.

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