When I was a child, I had an umbrella with panels in different colors of tinted plastic. That umbrella made it great fun to go out in the rain, holding a panel of a particular color in front of my face to see everything around me in that color, while pretending I had traveled to the Purple Planet or the Blue Planet for the day.

The world didn’t seem as colorful after I got older and spent most of my time just getting things done, rather than letting my mind wander wherever it liked and having fun playing pretend. It took me a while to realize that they are not in fact mutually exclusive options. There’s no reason why we can’t get things done and have a playful mindset too, whether it is a rainy day or not.

Word-art that says "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. I remember having a colorful plastic yellow umbrella. I felt like I was in a field of yellow daisies.
    It’s always important to keep the child inside alive. Playful and imaginative our inner
    child keeps us young. Great nurturing thoughts…
    Isadora ?

  2. Love your message here, Meg! And I can see the fun of that umbrella…roll it and the world changes 🙂

  3. Since I started to participate in Nurturing Thursdays, I have learned little things here and there. One of my favourite one is how to “dance in rain” instead of waiting or crying for things I can’t control. Great reminder Meg.

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