Man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance

grass after rain

Does every rain hold possibilities? Why do we see the rain and miss the potential?

Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a man’s good fortune, of which he little dreams; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger; as is seen in the person of a young man, of whom I will tell you.

from Stories from the Pentamerone, The Merchant
by Giambattista Basile (circa 1575 – 1632)

A fairy tale theme?

This is the introduction of a classic fairy tale, where a dragon is slain and a royal maiden is saved, but you or I could build our days on these ideas — even without the maiden. Shovels and brooms are handy tools, and dragons, in the symbolic sense at least, can be found in all realms and times.

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