I woke up to the sound of rain, not torrential but a steady pour. It was dark and cold and I had to shake away that thick headed dragging feeling of the end of the cold I had been carrying for several days.
I was traveling up North to a workshop and the going was slow as if it wasn’t winter and people didn’t remember what it’s like to drive in the rain.
I was doing well, listening to great music and thought-provoking discussions on the radio.
I stopped for a coffee and sandwich and was once again amazed and delighted that, like most places now, I could just sit down with my steaming hot coffee and open up my laptop, get on-line and check my email. We can be connected everywhere these days, for good and for bad!
As I drove through magnificent landscape, I was reminded of ‘home’.
I thought about Ireland and that familiar experience of driving through stunning views that you cannot see because it’s raining and misty and dull.
This day too, I could see very little beyond the car behind and in front of me. The spectacular view was hidden by mist and rain. I felt right at home.
I do remember a trip some years ago when we traveled around the beautiful Irish countryside. It was one of those rare summers with wonderful weather.
In the south west of the country, we drove through a magnificent mountain route called Conor’s Pass. It was just breathtaking and the weather was so warm that we actually stopped at the side of the route and put our heads under the mountain stream that poured down.
This is unheard of in Ireland.
Usually you can barely touch the freezing cold water that runs down from the mountains before running back to the heated car and gloves and scarfs. On this day the islands off the coast looked exotic, this is a word rarely used in that part of the world.
When I tell people about that beautiful place, mostly I’m told, yes, I’ve been there, couldn’t see a thing with the rain and fog!
Last week, as I drove here through the beautiful scenery and couldn’t see a thing, it started me thinking about how familiar this experience is.
Often, we forget that there is beauty behind the mist and fog. The rain hides the true colors of a thing, and so we often forget that those colors are still there.
Life’s problems and worries can create a kind of mist and rain, a fog that stops us seeing the beauty.
In business, worrying about finances, whether we will have enough clients and make enough money is like a massive fog that can stop us seeing the amazing view. And this amazing view is our own vision, our dream for how we want to build our business.
In life, our worries about health, relationships, money and parenting issues can create a thick fog and really heavy rain. This stops us seeing the beauty that is our health, our relationships, our children and the things we hold most dear in life.
The rain and fog will always be there. Life constantly brings us change and challenge.
Perhaps we can focus more on what we know is behind the fog, the beliefs, vision and passion that put us here in the first place.
And as we remember what the view looks like, how beautiful, spectacular and breathtaking it really is, the fog starts to lift, the rain eases and far off in the distance a beautiful rainbow emerges.© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom