give us rain, for we are the rainmakers

Another shot from yesterday’s trip to Niagara Falls just before the rain.

The man looking skyward reminded me of my commando training in the Royal Marines when it seemed to rain every day. Each time the rain came our instructors made us kneel in deep puddles of mud and look skyward and say, "Oh great Odin, give us more rain, for we are the rainmakers." And sad to say Odin obliged!

This rain ceremony was not about making more rain, but about building an ethos that included a sense of humour and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. It must have worked because sometimes to the surprise of those around me I still kneel in the rain and recite that prayer - although I resisted that temptation yesterday at Niagara Falls!

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