When we hear a weather report stating cloudless skies are on the horizon, we’re delighted for the forecast of perfection. We know we won’t be huddled under an awning before we get enough courage to sprint to the next one while the rain pours all over us. We love having a blemish-free canvas of a sky while feeling the warmth of the sun kiss our face.
If you live in Southern California, you know that this is something we experience often. And for anyone else who is bundled up and reading this while a snowstorm is brewing outside, you must know that us Angelenos actually get excited when clouds bring us storms. You see, this 75 degree weather isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. We are grateful for the majestic sun being available for us year-round, but when we have rain showers my Facebook newsfeed is sprinkled with status updates like:
“Loving this rain!”
“Can’t wait to see the rainbow!”
“I love driving through all these puddles!”
Yes, as much as we LOVE our fairytale weather, we’re also in love with the romance of a fierce rainstorm. I’ve always been fascinated by clouds and their poetic justice. They’re my favorite display of Nature’s artwork, and their symbolism of “beauty hidden inside of what might seem troublesome” has inspired me to write this blog.
This morning, I was speaking with my client about creating her 2014. She said, “I hope it’s an easy year for me because I’ve gone through so many challenges this past year.”
I asked her, “What if you hadn’t been given ANY of those challenges? What would your life look like today? Can you imagine having the SAME exact life today that you had one year ago? You’ve grown and accomplished so much! Inside of every loss, heartache, breakdown, breakup, disappointment, or tragedy lies a beautiful opportunity for growth & expansion. There’s a silver lining in every cloud!”
She had an “Aha!” moment and then spoke about her gratitude for all of the lessons she was gifted that have also brought her forward to this moment in her life.
I said, “Being challenge-free is no different than sitting on the couch or staring at the same cloudless sky everyday. Variety on this roller coaster of life is what defines us and allows us to experience all that The Uni-verse has to offer.”
Sometimes clouds bring us an orange and pink skyline at sunset. Sometimes they bring us rainstorms that lead to floods. Sometimes they tickle us with memories of Mary Poppins or shade us from the scorching sun. And sometimes they’re just there, all the while being seemingly unimportant.
At any moment, however, they’re available for our viewing pleasure and we can make them out to be whatever shape we want. As with any situation in life, we have the ability to give them the meaning of our choice. Clouds are beautiful and the perfect metaphor for your life. The next time you look at clouds in your sky, acknowledge them, appreciate them, and decide that they’re exactly where they’re meant to be.
Jenna Phillips is a Total Wellness Philosopher, Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer & the founder of her lifestyle brand I’m On A Mission. Follow her on Twitter and visit I’m On A Mission and be inspired.