Rainy days and Mondays shouldn’t always get us down

because the sun is always hiding just behind the clouds. . . .

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(rainy day / Julie Cook / 2014)

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the moldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the moldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

10 comments on “Rainy days and Mondays shouldn’t always get us down

  1. Lynda says:

    Julie, I’m writing a paper on the discernment of spirits and one of the important points that Saint Ignatius made in his writings is that consolation always follows desolation and there is a balance there with desolation following consolation. The key is to recognize this and to remember God’s love and God’s grace during desolation in order to anticipate the time when consolation will return. I thought of this when I read the post today. May your day be filled with consolation.

    • Thank you Lynda–today is a beautiful day of consolation!!!—sunny, warm and very very spring like–which leaves me a bit unsettled—given the past week’s crazy winter like weather and as cold is predicted to return again later in the week—a day of abnormalities –but most welcomed!!
      I wrote today’s post last evening during the day long deluge—amazing what a new day brings!!!
      Yes –there is indeed a sun hiding behind the grey and warmth hiding behind the winter πŸ™‚
      blessings!!! Julie

  2. My Mama Holmes used to recite this to me when I was a little girl. Those were such emotionally packed days as a child, and I’ll always remember her precious voice sharing these words! Your blog means more to me than you realize!!! Love you much, my Countess friend!

    • Thank you Phyll—and thank Natasha for me—recently I have debated the relevance of my blog—it takes a great deal of time and is a real labor of love and somedays I wonder why I even do it—it’s not like it serves much of a purpose— I often wonder if it is of merit as it has but a handful of readers and who really cares about the things I write about—but then I hear (read) your sweet words of encouragement—know that I love you Phyllis—whhhhhhooooolllliiiiiioooooo

      • Lynda says:

        Julie, I agree that your blog is worthwhile. You have built relationships through this blog. We are grateful that you continue to reach out to us with your thoughts. Blessings.

      • Thank you Lynda–I have been tremendously blessed in and on so many different levels with writing the blog (or blob as my husband calls it πŸ™‚ ) –certainly as a creative outlet for myself, but mostly from the wonderful things I read by other folks, be it their blog or the wonderful teachings I receive from you and your insight—-it’s on the grey days and dreary days that, as my godmother would often say to me that, “the old nick” is enjoying casting doubt my way!
        onward and upward we are now—to the noosphere and beyond πŸ™‚

      • Lynda says:

        I should have added that I view this as a contribution to Teilhard’s concept of the noosphere.

  3. Jenna Dee says:

    Thanks for sharing this prose Julie. I’ve been feeling dark and dreary for a little while and your blog post today gave me comfort. πŸ™‚

    • Jenna, I probably have been feeling much the same—but the thought of that which is just behind the current darkness, which always brings bright hopefulness—is certainly something to give cause for a bit of celebratory joy–even during the dreary days of melancholy πŸ™‚
      Here’s to bright days!!!
      Hugs across the ocean(s) πŸ™‚
      Julie

  4. I love that poem too. In fact, I think I’ve used part of it in one of my blogs. I pray the “black dog” stops barking in your world soon and that joy rises again to the top of your world. Hugs and love, N πŸ™‚ ❀

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