Dancing in the rain
“Life is not waiting for the storm to pass it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene
As I’m sitting here writing this in my home office at the edge of the earth where the sea meets the sky, it is pounding down with rain for the first time in more than a month and it got me thinking.
Have you ever noticed how much different the world looks after the rain – in those brief moments just before the clouds pass away when the world is glistening with silvery droplets of water, and everything seems cleaner than it really is?
Or how some problems seem to just solve themselves after consuming a sandwich?
Or the number of times that you got a brilliant idea while brushing your teeth and have to scramble to write it down with a mouth full of toothpaste before it vanishes?
Then my question to you is why not?
And even if you have had the occasional experience like this, wouldn’t it be nice if those sorts of things began to happen all the time?
What if I told you that the only reason that you don’t live in a world where things like this happen daily is because at some point you have unconsciously decided not to.
Well think about it – how likely is it that you would “consciously” be aware that you can live in a world where anything is possible, all problems are solvable and great things happen all the time and then “consciously” decide to not let that be your reality?
About as likely as it is that you would put wellies on a piglet I’ll wager.
And yet that is what most of us do.
The interesting question is why do we do this?
Could it be that we are trying to protect ourselves from experiencing the pain, frustration or sorrow that typically show up when things don’t work out the way that we want?
Sure, by denying yourself the opportunity to experience a reality where good things happen all the time you might succeed in sparing yourself a measure of disappointment, but has it ever occurred to you that you are equally limiting your access to all the things that spark joy and happiness and wonder?
Yes, you might get your hopes dashed if you wish for a million dollars to fall from the sky overnight and it doesn’t happen, but does that mean you should just close your mind to this idea?
Or does that mean you should stop spending all your energy focusing on what you “think” you want and start to pay more attention to what actually does show up?
In short – what if the only reason that you have never found a four-leaf clover is because you are too busy stomping around in circles whining how unfair everything is to notice what you are stepping on?
What if the only obstacle standing between you and a wonder of infinite possibility is yourself?
Robin Trimingham is the chief operating officer of The Olderhood Group Ltd and a virtual presenter, journalist, podcaster and thought leader in the fields of life transition and change management. Connect with Robin at https://bit.ly/3nSMlvc or firstname.lastname@example.org