Within the eye of a storm things can change so quickly, with skies, black with anger, wreaking havoc.
In many parts of the world we’re seeing so much unpredictable weather, overwhelming and fierce in it’s intensity. Mother Nature can be dramatic and unforgiving, but so can human nature.
In the depths of a storm positive moods can become dark and it’s easy to sink into despair.
My skies are bright and clear right now, but this photo theme of Ailsa’s takes me back to days when I felt bereft of hope and when dark clouds felt overwhelming.
Some days it felt as though those clouds would never lift, like that silver lining was just a myth.
Last week we were hit with an incredibly intense, short lived but dramatic spring storm here in Melbourne.
It paled in comparison with Hurricane Irma, Ophelia and others, but it still packed a punch. The force of the rain saw my gutters overflowing like a thundering waterfall.
Storms never last forever. The rain eventually stops, leaving patches of grey but also a new calm, a stillness and a cleansing period.
Tears eventually subside too.
To all my friends out there who are struggling, remember, there’s always, ALWAYS light after the storm. There’s always calmness beneath the tension, deep down within us, and a centre of peace.
Waves that were rough eventually mellow, skies lighten, flowers grow, even when untended, and moods lift.
Life continues so reach out.
Whether it’s in the form of a friend, a phone call, a hug, a walk in nature or a shift in focus, reach out and know you will ride the storm out. It will pass.
When it does you’ll be able to navigate the waters smoothly and serenely, a bit like these newly born ducklings I saw yesterday.
Life never gives you more than you can handle.
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming …
Stay in the moment, stay focused on what’s in front of you, like these ducks are doing.
And if all else fails, take a cue from our duckling friends, stay calm on the surface but paddle like crazy underneath!
You’ll get there.
In light and peace.
In response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Storm
May the skies above you be bright and beautiful and may you always see that silver lining.