The Good about Bad Days

Written by BG Howard

February 22, 2024

Just as I was beginning the process of composing this opinion, the bottom seemed to literally fall out the sky.  The torrential downpour prompted a friend to begin complaining about the perceived consequences of rain.  He specified any plans for things to be done outdoors, work or play, would have to be rescheduled or altogether canceled.  His unscheduled rant seemed to go on for hours, though in reality it actually lasted for just a few minutes.  The increasingly intense account of the perils realized with the sudden onset of precipitation all but dismissed any significance of rain.

Many people make plans for a number of experiences such as working outdoors, games, family gatherings, cookouts, etc. but seldom consider the probability of water falling from the sky.  A big pet peeve is to have just washed and waxed your new car only to have it get ruined the same or following day.  In the event of this “unfortunate” occurrence otherwise known as rain, whatever had been on the agenda would simply be chalked up as a catastrophe.  That is what’s usually listed as a “bad” day.  Water is equated as a damper (pun intended) in regards to most of life as rain simply isn’t typically included on the agenda.

What most would list as a problem, given the fact a heavy rain could represent dire consequences and irreparable costs or damages, is actually welcomed by some.  Rain, of course, is viewed as a vital element in the farming industry and is essential for the production of foods.  There have actually been occasions during periods of extended drought when farmers throughout the country called upon clergy members and U.S. citizens to offer up prayers for the blessing of rain.  Common sense allows the understanding that without rain all life would eventually come to a halt.

Water is crucial for the growth and survival of all living things to include every plant and animal.  Factually speaking, H2O (water) comprises seventy percent of the human body and an incredible eighty percent of a person’s brain.  Typically, an individual can go without water for three to four days.  In rare cases, it could be up to a week but not longer as the mineral is required for regulation of people’s body temperatures, lubrication of joints and waste disposal among other functions.

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) reported that 2016 was the 24th wettest year on record.  Since 1805 precipitation across the contiguous United States has increased at an average rate of 0.16 inches per decade.  This, of course, isn’t a significant amount and doesn’t discount the need to always be water conscious.  In fact, water is one of the most pillaged natural resources in the country with billions of gallons wasted each year.

There is an old adage: “You never miss your water until the well runs dry” which holds quite true as other countries and parts of this nation frequently deal with sever water shortages.  Though there’s no regulatory agency that monitors improper water usage, a recent study recorded how vital it is to not do things such as water lawns daily or during times of rainfall.  Imposing a time limit for showering and simple techniques such as conservation-oriented shower heads, sprinkler controls, as well as avoiding washing clothes with only partial loads in the machine are all ways to cut back on unnecessary water waste.

Just remember that rainy days aren’t to be seen as bad days when considering the necessity of the critical resource.  One only has to take into account the benefits of trees, green grass, full crops and other assets of nature that result from rainfall to understand the true benefit of bad days.  I could be wrong but it’s just something to consider.

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