Spring is here and that means scary storms are on the way. I am not a fan of thunderstorms, in fact they make me very afraid and nervous. Well this morning as I drove to work there were thunderous clouds all around me complete with a very large bolt of lighting in the direction of where I was heading. I clenched the steering wheel at first but then when I looked up the clouds were actually beautiful, the sky was a different color in every direction. Looking out at the scary but beautiful sky I thought, ” is it possible for us to see the beauty hidden within our own storms”? When we are going through something difficult in our lives we usually don’t take the time to stop and see the good that is coming from that struggle or the good that will eventually develop because of the struggle itself.
Take the butterfly for instance, (Yes I know obsessed). The caterpillar has no idea the beauty that is going to come from her struggle. She enter’s the cocoon as a furry little caterpillar, goes through her struggle to transform, and emerges a BEAUTIFUL butterfly. Try to remember the caterpillar when your facing your difficult struggle. It can be anything from a job loss, divorce, or death of a loved one. If you stay strong and not let it defeat you, you too can get to the point where you see the beauty that emerges because of it.
During my divorce when I’d get to a very low point people would say “look at the positive side”, well at the time I could not see it. I struggled to find the positive in the fact that my marriage was ending, I was moving out of my family’s home, and beginning a journey of living apart from my kids. I assumed I’d be stuck in those moment’s from now on. I thought I would spend a while dwelling on the negative outcomes that my divorced produced, never imagining that those outcomes would become positive and that I would be able to find beauty within them.
At this point I am able to be comfortable in saying that yes I went through a difficult event, and it was a horrible thing to go through but I can’t change it, I can only change how I am affected by it. The changes I had to make during the past year have given me the chance to really get to know myself just as “me”. I was afraid about all of the extra time I was going to have to myself but the beauty in that is I’ve had time to reflect on where I was, where I am now and where I am heading. I’ve learned a lot about myself that never would have surfaced had I not gone through what I went through. I will admit I still have days where I struggle so I take one day at a time and do my best to look for the positive that will come from that bad day.
Now that I can see the beauty that is beginning to emerge from my storm, I know that anything bad I may have to go through will only be a struggle for a little while as long as I allow myself to move towards finding the beauty and not stay and dwell on the black clouds. The next time you see a storm take a moment to really look and see if you are able to find the beauty that is hidden within it, if you can, then you will also be able to find the beauty that will come out of your life storm just like I am now.