Stronger Than The Storm

If you’ve lived in Florida for any length of time, you know the weather here can be crazy and unpredictable. The rainy season in Florida is a wild ride of sunshine and rain which, depending on how you look at it, can be a soothing respite or a royal pain in the ass.

Hence, a lesson in perspective.

You can be standing on one side of the street, for instance, lapping up sunshine while your neighbor across the street is being bombed by rain. Or, you drive down the freeway and get hit with no less than five afternoon showers in less than an hour.

And, let’s not forget the hurricanes.

They’re mean and nasty and unpredictable.

Yet, despite this, each year thousands of people make their way to the Sunshine State. When you come to appreciate all that Florida offers, you’re willing to put up with the storms because you know, soon enough, the sun will smile again. Rarely are there days of never-ending rain.

And therein lies the lesson.

When you’re in the middle of a storm being pounded by rain, it’s tempting to think the whole world is under water. It’s easy to think dark clouds hover everywhere – and sometimes they do, but never forever.

There have been many times I’ve stood squarely in the middle of a shit storm, thinking it would never pass. I’ve sat through raging winds and total darkness both figuratively and literally, as I did when Hurricane Wilma steamrolled across South Florida, blacking out neighborhoods, blowing out windows and ripping up trees. In fact, I’ve lived through half a dozen major hurricanes and each felt more ominous than the last — that is, until I turned my attention to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Talk about a slap of perspective.

There have been events that have swept through my life with the intensity of a Category 5 storm and, at the time, it felt the clouds would never lift. But they did. There was cleanup to be done, for sure. But the sun always, eventually, shone through.

If you shift your perspective just slightly, you can, in fact, see that whatever gloom you face is just a passing cloud.

Sure, sometimes the clouds linger, other times they persist.

But never do they remain.

Even in the rainiest places, sooner or later, the sun comes out. So pay attention to those days. Remember what they look like, how they feel, what they smell like, how they taste. Remember those sunny days because, from that vantage point, you will weather any storm.

About The Author

Brenda Barbosa

Copywriter + Business Storyteller