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Every Storm Runs Out of Rain

Today’s title is a direct quote from Maya Angelou. In a season where the future feels uncertain, this quote provides me great comfort. In the natural world we live in, we all have experienced storms. Whether you have watched one from your window, drove through one in a car, or walked in one while wearing a raincoat, the experience of rain can feel at times soothing and other times distressing.


As we weather the storm that is COVID-19, I remind myself of Maya Angelou’s words, “Every storm runs out of rain.” In holding this phrase in quiet parts of my day and in the moments when life feels challenging, I am able to reframe the times we live in as a temporary experience. When I use this phrase, I choose to breathe it in and breathe it out. Other times I may write the phrase in my journal and take stock of how it relates to my life. When I feel inspired and have the bandwidth, I even take time to make art about this phrase or look for it in the world around me.


Although I cannot predict when this season of life will pass or what will be left afterwards, I will choose to hold this truth in the moment. I hope it can also help you in this turbulent time.

Lou Lim is a licensed mental health counselor and registered expressive arts therapist (REAT) with a master's degree in Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. He is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and on the committee for REAT credentialing. He has 13 years of experience in counseling and expressive therapy working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and retirees.


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