Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Anonymous, more recently attributed to Vivian Greene.
The quote starts by saying what life isn’t about waiting. Consider the impact of focusing your attention on fighting the storm, solving challenges and problems waiting for the weather to improve. While the newspapers are filled with news of the storms’ terror, many other people across our nation and world are experiencing storms that are just as devastating, yet not as obvious: storms of divorce, disease or death; storms of betrayal, bankruptcy or blindness; storms of abuse, adultery or addiction; storms that leave shattered lives, broken hearts and shredded hopes; storms that turn dreams into nightmares.
Does the ‘storm’ ever really pass? Storms are always occurring somewhere every day, we are all faced with some form of turbulence to be managed and challenges or problems to be solved. The problem is that working in challenging times can mean we fail to take time to consider our own way of managing those storms, to enable us to become more effective.
We all go through rough weather at various points in our lives. Sometimes we sit down, to wait for the storm to pass, and then forget to get back up. Take a moment to consider where in your life you might have paused for a break in the weather, and never gotten back to it.
Because life’s storms have a way of making a lot of us cut the safety net a loose; many people are placing their life on hold to wait for just the right moment before beginning to live life again. It is not easy to know how to continue living during the worst of a downpour. Nonetheless, life is not all about waiting for the storm to pass, nor is it about avoiding it. It is about learning how to enjoy living life and discovering ways to dance in the rain in the midst of a rainstorm.
Think about the storms presently in your life? They are the things which this quote is specifically focused. Take a moment to consider what, where, and how severe are your storms at this moment in time.
Are there storms in your family life? Are there storms with or between your friends? Are there storms at work, between co-workers, or even between your company and the customer? What about your social groups, are there any storms there? Weather can come up fast from any direction, can’t it?
But the question remains, what will you do? It’s easier to restart the things placed on hold due to rough weather, once the weather is passed. But what about things which you have put on hold where the weather is still less than great?
My friend, when the world seems unreasonable and even ridiculous, do all you can to rise above it. Think of these storms as your mortal enemies, then catch them off guard and DANCE. They certainly won’t be expecting that.
My friend do not let the rain bring you down but instead realize that it is as beautiful as the sun meant to be cherished. So dance. Dance my friend, dance your own unique dance under the sky and feel the freedom to be you. Be one with the struggle and the reward. It is a new day!!!!