The Paradox Of The Rain: An Anxiety Parable

They say that into every life some rain must fall

What they say is true, but it is never mentioned that rain can be seen as either a blessing or a curse,

and it is up to me to determine which way I will perceive it.

Rain is invigorating, soothing, energizing, and sets the cycle of growth in motion.

Nothing good can happen without the rain.

So even though rain may be unpleasant for a time, it is never my enemy.

I am my own worst enemy if I view the rain as being a curse.

In reality, the rain is not a curse. It is a blessing.

It is a precursor to my growth…a healthy, invigorating, motivating growth.

The paradox of the rain is that, in order for it to be a blessing, I must recognize and accept it as a blessing.

It may be uncomfortable, but it is also preparing me for the good to come.

It may be unpleasant, but eventually its drops will sink down into the "earth" and produce a beautiful "crop".

It all depends on the way I choose to see it.

The way I choose to see it affects your whole attitude and your mood.

Accepting the rain for the blessing it will become allows my progress to proceed.

Rain always brings growth. It always brings healing.

I am guaranteed of that.

The paradox is that for the rain to bring growth and healing I must accept it.

As I accept it, my attitude and perspective begin to change.

Rain brings wonderful changes if it is allowed to accomplish its purpose.

So many people curse the rain and grow bitter against it.

These are the people who never overcome their problems and never grow in their lives.

The flower accepts the storm because it knows it will be watered.

If the flower is watered, it will grow and blossom into something beautiful.

My growth and blossoming is at hand. I accept it and gladly choose to move forward.

Our History and Our Mission

The Anxiety Network began in 1995 due to growing demand from people around the world wanting help in understanding and overcoming their anxiety disorder.  The Anxiety and Stress Clinic and its website, The Anxiety Network, received so much traffic and requests for help that we found ourselves spending the majority of our time in international communication and outreach.  Our in-person anxiety clinic has grown tremendously, and our principal internet tool, The Anxiety Network, has been re-written and re-designed with focus on the major anxiety disorders.  

The Anxiety Network  focuses on three of the major anxiety disorders:  panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder,  and social anxiety disorder.

In 1997, The Social Anxiety Association, a non-profit organization, was formed and has its own website.

The Social Anxiety Institute, the largest site on the internet for information and treatment of social anxiety, has maintained an active website since 1998.  Continuous, ongoing therapy groups have helped hundreds of people overcome social anxiety since 1994.  Major changes in design will be occurring in 2014.

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