The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A good acquaintance of mine arrived yesterday in Paris, the city of her dreams. These four days are part of a whirlwind European tour she planned for months – and this morning she called to tell me it will be raining in Paris all weekend long.
Plus, she is alone, since her traveling companion won’t be joining her until Rome next week. What should she do? What would you do?
Well, first I told her, “Don’t worry. That’s what the cafés are for. When it rains you order a string of cappuccinos, sip real slow, maybe order something more substantial to go with. And practice your French with the waiter as often as he lets you. If he ends up smiling, you’ve both had a good day.” We both laughed at that.
Then I told her the real deal.
BE DETERMINED to enjoy your time there.
Even if the weather is truly lousy. (And it was rainy AND cold when I was there last.)
No, it’s not the kind of weather you’d choose. You don’t like your circumstances nor did you pick them. Still . . .
The way you attack Paris - and any other travel destination – is the way you attack life.
Determine to make the most of it. That’s what I’m about doing – and why after driving to El Paso, and then flying to Paris via Dallas and New York for a not insignificant sum of money, I was not about to let a little stormy weather upset my plans. I bought a couple of sweaters, a pair of closed shoes, an umbrella, and kept on stepping. I knew my time there was limited.
I urge you: If you haven’t been giving your all in some area – whether it be your marriage, other important relationships, your career, or pursuing a dream – the time to go for it is now.
Because your time is limited, too.
TICK TOCK TICK TOCK.
What life or travel goal have you been putting off until conditions are perfect?