Friday, March 11, 2016

Does the Calm Come BEFORE or AFTER the Storm?

The Calm AFTER the storm.  We have all heard the idiom There is always a calm before the storm.

Think about that for a moment.  What it suggests is that if things are going a bit too smoothly or calmly, WATCH OUT.... The storm is about to emerge.

I have heard this expression my whole life and consequently have expected the negative scenario to happen.

When things are going too well, someone might say, "Just waiting for the storm."  And...sure enough, if we wait long enough, everything goes south.  

Growing up in the Midwestern USA, thunder and lightening storms happened regularly and I miss these storms. Now living in the Northwest, this is a rare occurrence.  There is something intriguing about them.  The loud claps of thunder followed by the brightness of the lightening can be terrifying and makes you appreciate the warmth of your home, the smell of applesauce cooking on the stove, reminding you that you are safe.  These storms come with torrential rain which can be merciless.  The rain doesn't fall - it is driven....hard. The sky is dark and almost eerie.

There are also times in our lives when the news we receive assures us we are about to go through a blizzard and the wind with blowing snow deprives us of visibility.  We wonder how we will ever get back safely.  Assuredly, winter is only for a season, Spring will come.

Then, as quickly as the storm comes, it stops.  The sunshine comes as a welcome sight and makes us glad we did not have to 'weather' the storm any longer.                                                 

This is the calm AFTER the storm.  This is a much better way to approach life.  When the storm comes, and they most definitely will, we must realize deeply that each storm will pass.  They will not last.  The sun will shine. The sky will be blue again.

What a negative place it is to live when you wait for the storms.  How much better to realize the calm will come, after the storm.   Every.  Time.  Look closely, you may even see a rainbow!

If we could see our lives in the light of tomorrow, how easy it would be to wait, to be patient, to understand that this too.....shall pass.  

This has been a monthly blogging challenge called Use Your Words.  Bloggers are given 5 or more words that must be used in a post.  The fun is the challenge but also to see how your words were used by another blogger.  This month the words I received were: Spring ~ blizzard ~ south ~ news ~ applesauce They were submitted by my good friend Rena of The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.  

Have a look around -- you will enjoy each one:

Baking in a Tornado
The Bergham Chronicles
The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Southern Belle Charm
Not That Sarah Michelle
My Brain on Kids
Someone Else's Genius
Confessions of a part-time working mom
Spatulas on Parage
The Angrivated Mom