The essence of Welcome The Rain is to understand that we are in control of the way we think about and respond to life’s events, both in our personal and professional lives. Welcome The Rain has twelve short chapters each devoted to a different type of rain (adversity, delay, challenge, etc.) The idea is that by changing our perspectives, we can turn these so-called negatives into positives. In the last chapter, I share my own story in My Rain. My Story.
Whether you’re merely dealing with life’s daily ups and downs, or are weathering stronger storms, Welcome The Rain, filled with inspirational stories, powerful quotes, and beautiful pictures, will encourage you to see beyond life’s storms.
They say, “Write about what you know.”
Hospitalized for depression at 12, again at 25, and again at 35, I knew sadness. I knew the feeling of darkness. I knew the sensation of hopelessness.
But I also knew that my life had changed because I had learned how to adopt new ways of thinking. I knew that for any given event, there were multiple ways to interpret it. (Why not pick the way that makes you feel better?) I also knew that there had to be a reason for why we go through difficult times.
As an only child, contentious, introspective, and at times timid, I was always in awe of those people who were able to persevere through the tough times and come out triumphant on the other side. Compelled to tell a story that recognized life’s challenges, yet was positive, inspiring, and refreshing, I set out to write Welcome The Rain. Initially, I wrote the book only for myself. Researching the stories and putting my own touch on them gave me joy. After each writing session, I felt uplifted. I kept writing because of the wonderful way this book was impacting my life. If this book can make me feel so optimistic, I thought, maybe I should share it with others.
At first, the book only contained other people’s triumphs. After all, Who am I? Why would anyone want to hear my story? As the writing progressed, I took a chance and wrote My Rain. My Story. Those who read My Rain. My Story, while the book was still in manuscript form, found that this last chapter gave the whole book meaning. It showed I knew my subject well.
I guess you could say the inspiration for Welcome The Rain started when I was 12. Yet, it took years and years for me to see how My Rain (my depression) had blessed me. Had I never been depressed, I never would have been inspired to write this book. I would not have been compelled to share with others how the difficult times in life can help us. Chances are, if I had never suffered from depression, you wouldn’t be reading from this website today.
“Welcome The Rain is one of the top ten most powerful books I’ve ever read. More importantly, it has given me, as I hope it will you, life lessons that go beyond the enjoyment of merely reading this book.”
— Eric Harvey, president and founder of The WALK THE TALK Company and author ofWALK THE TALK … And Get The Results You Want, Ethics4Everyone, and The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus
“Through her own struggles and storms, Michelle has found anchors that will bless everyone who reads this beautiful book. As the survivor of many storms myself, I know, with the help of the messages in this book, you, too, can find your rainbows. Thank you, Michelle, for giving us new hope amidst the inevitable struggles of life on this earth.”
— Barbara Glanz, author of The Simple Truths of Service and The Simple Truths of Appreciation: How Each of Us Can Choose to Make a Difference