If there were one well-known song that would best be the theme song for this blog, it might well be “Singing in the Rain.” Click above to watch the You-Tube video of the original Gene Kelly rendition of this fun-filled ditty. This was a favorite of my mother and I as we would walk arm in arm in the afternoon San Francisco rain. I miss her, and the California rain. For the rest of the story, see the About the Adventure page of this blog.
Whether sunshine or rain, the goal of this blog is to present the positive, but realistic side of the lupus adventure. That means that there are times when we can choose to walk along, singing in the rain, rather than moping over the inclement weather. We can’t really control the weather or our lupus. Whether life gives us lemons, like the ones that grow on the tree in my Arizona back yard, and then we choose to make the proverbial lemonade, or whether we chose to smile and sing during the storms of life, we can to choose to look at our lupus experience from the positive angle. From this vantage point, we can count the blessings and find the good things lupus does not have the power to take away. We keep lupus in its place, and sing and dance a little, sometimes, even when we don’t feel like singing at first.
Singing has a subtle emotional and spiritual impact, and it raises our endorphins, elevates our mood, and even has a place in lowering the perception of pain. Music is one of the most powerful art forms for its dynamic effect on the human mind, body and spirit. Music can motivate and captivate, and its potency to influence is woefully under esteemed. Martin Luther called music “the universal language.”
The next time our Arizona weather turns to summer monsoon rains, if you pass by my house, you might just catch a glimpse of me stepping outside to while I am singing, dancing and puddle jumping in the rain showers. There is something very, very therapeutic about the exercise of puddle splashing with song and dance.
You will never know until you give it a try!