Wednesday, October 12, 2011

a Rain-X kind of day

Rain-X® Original Glass Treatment dramatically improves wet weather driving visibility. Simply apply the treatment to exterior glass and watch the raindrops fly off your windshield while driving. Rain-X® helps improve visibility by repelling rain, sleet and snow.     (excerpt from the Rain-X Original Glass Treatment label) 
This is not an endorsement for Rain-X.  And, I'm not getting paid to write this post.  However, I am a huge fan of Rain-X.  I love how it actually works like its label says it should.  The first time I used Rain-X, I was so amazed at watching the rain zip across my windshield, it was probably a hazard at that momement more so than driving without using Rain-X ever was. 
Concerning Rain-X...I know how it works.  I like how it works.  I believe it works.
So, when my friend Jennifer gave me the best advice ever back in early 2002, I knew exactly what she meant.  And, I have never forgotten it.  I have even shared her advice with others now and again.
Jennifer told me that when surrounded by negativity, stress, or whatever it is bombarding her, she imaginatively coats herself with Rain-X so that the comments do not sink in.  They slide right off.  A protective coating that allows you to watch the raindrops of negativity fly right off of you.  You can keep on moving.  Your visibility is less blurred by the harsh conditions surrounding you.  You will feel the drops, you'll even get wet, but they won't stay around long. 
I had a Rain-X moment today.  I walked away from a situation confused, hurt, and a bit frustrated.  I sat down at my desk and looked out the window at the rain.  Instantly I was reminded of Jennifer's words to me so many years ago.  I prayed that God would coat me with Rain-X and help me let go of those feelings I was experiencing.  I didn't need to keep thinking of them or letting them get to me any more.  It wasn't helping a thing to hold onto them. 
One great part of remembering my Rain-X advice is Jennifer herself.  She was (and probably still is wherever she is these days) simply a hoot!  Her stories, her laugh, her silly self always made my day brighter.  As was the case today.  My day became better almost instantly. 
The situation remains the same, but I've changed.  Thank God for Rain-X!



  2. that is really great advice, I will think of this next time I have such a day.

    I've never heard of Rain-X, though maybe not too surprising, since it doesn't rain during the day very often here!

  3. rain during the day? I may need to move to Vegas one day. :)