3 Life Lessons Compliments of Mother Nature

by Cathy Miller

in Miller Musings

First day of March, 2012

Mark Twain said there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes.

I think there’s one more.

There’s no such thing as an accurate weather forecast.

The above picture is a shot of the view outside my office window – the day it was supposed to be sunny and 50 degrees.

  • Despite all our technological advances
  • And more gizmos then you can shake a stick at
  • Weathermen still get it wrong

Mother Nature gets it right every time. Just think about the life lessons she’s delivered.

Life Lesson #1 – Experts are not always right.

We define experts in many ways.

  • A person with education degrees galore
  • A person whose monetary worth is a number with a gazillion zeroes after it
  • A blogger with a million followers


  • Experts are not right all the time
  • They could be the weathermen of their world

Imagine if Noah and the animals listened to all those people asking –

What rain?

Follow your instincts and build the dang ark.

Life Lesson #2 – It takes a lot of snowflakes to build a snowman.

If snowflakes are our experiences in life, most of us have accumulated plenty to build our snowman.

And since no two snowflakes are alike, your snowman is different from mine – even if they look similar.

  • Embrace your snowflakes
  • Tomorrow may bring the sun

Gather your unique experiences and build a better life. 

Life Lesson #3 – You can’t have rainbows without rain.

That is a well-known saying in Hawaii. I have vacationed in Maui for almost 20 years and love the culture.

  • No matter what Mother Nature or life throws at you – there are always rainbow
  • Rainbows are a marriage of the sun and rain that deliver hope

Your storms make you stronger and bring color to your life.

Okay – metaphors and philosophizing over (all that from a simple snowstorm).

I leave you with the beautiful voice and music that was Iz – Mahalo.





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Christi Johnson March 2, 2012 at 7:23 am

Thanks so much for this, Cathy. It’s not always easy to keep it in mind that we need a diversity of life experiences to have a great life. Growing takes time – and a lot of experience. By the way, I rarely follow the advice of the weather man. I trust my gut! 😉


Cathy March 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

Hi Christi: LOL :-) Good idea to go with your gut over the weatherman.

I like Growing takes time-so true-and some of us require more time than others. :-) Thanks for stopping by, Christi.


Sharon Hurley Hall March 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

Love the lessons you share here, Cathy. (And I love rainbows, so any post that mentions them is ok with me!)
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Cathy March 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

Hi Sharon: Rainbows are a favorite of mine, too. Another quick story.

As you know, I have participated in the 3-Day Walk for the Cure for 8 years. At least three different years, we have walked into the campsite and there was a giant rainbow back dropping the pink tents. Goosebump moment – Awesome!


Sharon Hurley Hall March 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

A reminder that some of the best things in life are free, Cathy. Thanks for sharing. :)


Cathy March 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

Absolutely, Sharon!


Aimless Collections March 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

Great post! So very true with these items. I always tend to become boggled when people are referred to as experts, as just like you mentioned, they are not always correct. Good words to live by! :)


Cathy March 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

We are experts in our own life. :-) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


Anne Wayman March 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

Oh darn! Just darn… suddenly longing to go back to sea and it’s all your fault Cathy… 😉 Love it and love the reminder about Pachamama (Mother Earth) in all her glory.
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Cathy March 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Only if you take me along, Anne. 😉


Crystal Green March 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I LOVE this blog!! Do you want to repost it on my webpage, since it ties in with the name of my blog site???? I don’t have many followers. However, I truly LOVE the way you wrote this and how true it is.

You definitely have a new follower in me. :)


Cathy March 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Hi Crystal: Thanks for the kind words. Feel free to link to it, but I’ll keep my musings here on this blog-LOL. 😀

Glad to have you join us.


Ramiro Rodriguez March 3, 2012 at 1:16 am

Hi Cathy!

Nice post. You made me smile and you made me think! I liked:

Life Lesson #3 – You can’t have rainbows without rain.

I’ve heard that said so many different ways I thought I heard them all. My favorite expression is God doesn’t close one door without opening another. I have found that to be so true.

Some of my best achievements were accomplished after I had a lot trouble…. but when the dust settled, there I was better off than before it all started :-)
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Cathy March 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thanks, Ramiro. Another great saying indeed and a good way to look at challenges. Thanks for sharing your story, Ramiro. :-)


Brandi March 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Beautiful Cathy! I’m from Hawaii and appreciate the tribute to Iz. And I agree. I think in the end we know what’s best. Everything else is just sugar coating and chocolate sprinkles. Nice, but not necessary.


Cathy March 6, 2012 at 4:40 am

I am not surprised to hear you are from Hawaii, Brandi. You have that beautiful soul of the culture. Thanks for the nice comment, Brandi.


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