Enter the Clouds My Friends!
Our Journey Well You Are More Than Enough Gratitude Journal will be published and available very soon. Here’s a picture of the back of the book, a stylized rendering of our logo. If you look close (and please do) you’ll see just a few of the many things we’re grateful for, every day. Socks? Air? Sunshine? Yes, indeed. If you’re having trouble finding things to be grateful for, those simple, seemingly mundane items are a great place to start.
Let’s discuss sunshine, for example. Is it sunny outside? Or is it cloudy, gloomy, overcast? When During my days as a commercial pilot I often had the opportunity to take off into the gloomy, cloudy, rain-soaked sky. I’d enter solid cloud, lose all visibility, become enshrouded in grey, wet, chilly air. With no view forward, I’d climb anyway, as rain dripped off my windscreen, the temperature shivered me with cold, and the world seemed bleak and foreboding.
Photo: Buddy Poland
But as I climbed higher, a change started. Little by little, grey gave way to silver, then white, the temperature climbed, the cockpit warmed, eggwhite cloud became satin white, the light changed, and then…I burst out on top of the solid cloud into brilliant, warm, welcoming sunshine.
The metaphor is impossible to miss. When we think life is grey, dark, damp, chilly, and foreboding, look up and know that the higher we climb the better our chances of finding light and warmth. So, enter the clouds my friends. Climb through the mist, and rain, and chill, and you’ll find a brighter, better world. I’ve seen it. I’ve been there.