Warning, this is not another conspiracy theory on climate control. This is about navigating the storms that can soak your soul with sorrow, harden your heart in a hailstorm of hatred and parch your mind until it’s baked and fried.
What interests me here is understanding what we can control in ourselves as we face our daily struggles. Like the weather, we can control some things.
Nothing new, cloud seeding is the process of adding particles to clouds to force them to rain or snow. The goal is to increase precipitation in places with water shortages. Snow to pack the slopes of Colorado, rain to grow the crops in Texas and water to fill the damns of Idaho. While a helpful advancement, cloud seeding doesn’t give us the ability to control all weather.
The Weather (like life) is Unpredictable
Most days, the winter weather conditions here in Delray Beach are really unpredictable. Visitors think Southeast Florida is always warm and sunny. Not the case, the weather is also quite localized. Depending on where you are change can come on quite suddenly. All in a single day – one can experience strong, blustery gusts of wind, then momentary clear, blue skies. Within minutes a sudden warm sun shower followed by a soft breeze and puffy passing clouds, until. . .thunderheads in the distance – a threat of a down pour.
Now, life normally doesn’t move along this quickly, but just like the weather life is always changing. The conditions, whether good or bad, come and go.
Life brings on all types of conditions. Some we can control like cloud seeding and some we might have predicted if we paid closer attention. Then, there are the conditions that take us completely by surprise.
Life. Half the time we spend time doing stuff and the other half cleaning up our own messes. Sometimes we create our own storms.
I wake up sometimes wondering- what kind of dramatic weather will I be subjected to today? How will I be prepared to prevail -to move forward in the face of anything?
Who knows what today might bring?
There’s no such thing as being completely ready for whatever life throws you. You are never going to feel that you’ve got everything sorted and all figured out. If you get to the place where you’re just a little bit more excited than afraid, that’s when you go for it. That’s when you go all in. To hell with playing safe.
Better to learn how to adapt and overcome and to face ordeals head on, while watching carefully, what conditions shape your heart.
The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron