“April Showers Bring May Flowers” was one of my favorite springtime sayings when I was a kid. At that age, I thought little more of the saying than the fact that it was fun to say. When I was in fifth grade, however, that all changed; at that time I learned the joke, “If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?” I thought I was hysterical when I blurted out the answer to my friends who couldn’t guess. I’d burst out, “Pilgrims! Get it? Mayflowers? Like the ship?” For the most part they just said “Whatever,” and walked away. I chalked it up to the fact that pilgrims aren’t the best material for riotous jokes, and I never thought of the saying again.

Until now. Given that it’s April, when I sat down to write this post – a process which I love to do because it allows me to connect with all of you – that “April Showers Bring May Flowers” phrase came tumbling back into my mind and quite frankly surprised me.

“How could a silly saying like that stay with a person virtually their whole life?” I wondered. As I thought about it, it hit me that there are probably two reasons why the saying has remained significant to me after all these years.

First, because the “April Showers Bring May Flowers”/Pilgrims joke was the very first joke I remember learning.

Although the April showers/May flowers phrase was a similar one to me, the reasoning of the joke – and the new perspective it imparted – caused me to look at a once-familiar phrase in an entirely new way.

Don’t you just relish in the moments in life when you’re given the opportunity to see something you think you know from a new perspective? The parents I know say that’s one of the things they most love about having children: they get to experience the world newly through the eyes of their children.

The second reason I believe the “April Showers Bring May Flowers” phrase has remained in my mind after all this time, when virtually all of the other childhood sayings slipped away is because of what I believe to be its inherent significance: that what we do now prepares for our abundance to come, or the lack thereof. It is because of that forward-looking possibility that I was passionate about coaching people in the first place.

Funny, it all started with a nursery rhyme.

One of my favorite quotes states it all more eloquently than I:
“The future depends on what we do in the present.” –Mahatma Gandhi

I leave you with this thought: what is it that you can do today which will give you and your loved ones the tomorrows of your dreams?

I charge you with doing whatever that is now, without delay. Set powerful goals for yourself, then get out there, get in action, and cause the “April showers” that will bring you all of the “May flowers” that your heart desires.

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