Today’s forecast is clear with a minimal chance of precipitation. The temperature is 70 but with the wind chill may feel like 40. I suggest a light jacket and an umbrella just to be safe. There is a small craft warning until your storm blows over. Take all necessary precautions while traveling to ensure your safety.
Sounds like a weather warning doesn’t it? What if in fact it was a “life event” warning? We have all participated in bad weather drills at one point in our lives. Stooping down with hands overhead in a windowless hallway pretending there was a storm approaching. Some finding the drills to be pointless and unnecessary, while other’s are totally focused on learning how to overcome what could possibly be a life changing event.
I didn’t expect my storm. I will admit I had some warning, but it wasn’t clear to me at the time. The alarm that sounded was not loud enough for me to hear. I had no time to take cover, to place my hands over my head to protect myself from the shattering glass. I was not given access to the blip on my radar screen.
I wonder how different my life would be if I had been given access to see that storm coming. How would I have reacted to the weather fluctuation in my marriage if I had seen it for what it was? More importantly, could I have reacted? In that moment was I strong enough to have proceeded in a positive way?
Our fearless weather forecasters don’t always get it right just as we are not privy to our future, that is part of the magic of being alive! We count on them to give us a heads up on the approaching storms, but they can’t always predict them all.
Our life storms are no different. Surviving a loss also means being able to adjust to our surroundings and deal with the fallout of any destruction our weather pattern may cause.
We have to remember that though a storm may bring destruction, loss, devastation, and worry, re-birth is just around the corner.
So, what would your radar screen look like? Would you have cloudy with a chance of rain? Sunny skies but low temps? Windy and warm? Cool and Calm? Storms approaching with the possibility of moving forward?
My map is looking pretty active, I will embrace and accept what lies ahead. I invite you to share yours.