“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.”
– Attributed to Joseph B. Wirthlin
The theme for day five of the gratitude challenge is something in nature that makes you happy, which is an easy choice; the sound of rain and thunderstorms. There is something relaxing about listening to the rain falling, especially if it is falling onto a tin roof and I am inside, warm and dry. I have become a big fan of the Rainy Mood website, which simply plays the sounds of rain, including heavy rain, light rain and low intensity thunderstorms. I used it quite extensively whilst writing my Honours Dissertation last year, and I like to use it still, when I am working on these articles, or doing my planning and programming for school.
Being raised in the country (I am originally from Tamworth in the north-west slops and plains of NSW) rain is also a life-sign. I am a child of the eighties and my school years were the nineties, so I grew up with strong knowledge of what droughts can do. There is no other sound that I find more relaxing than the sound of, except, perhaps, the sound of waves crashing on the beach, or Pink Floyd’s P.U.L.S.E Album.
So I am grateful for the relaxing sound of the rain falling,providing calmness even in a busy classroom.