I woke up to the pitter patter sound of rain falling. Coming from Ireland, this is not an unfamiliar sound.
The sky was dull grey and the world drenched. The torrential downpour settled into a steady but heavy drizzle, what we would call in Ireland, a soft day.
As a child, I would get up, dress quickly and run fast to the kitchen to get the spot at the table where I could sit with my back to the radiator to warm up.
My sister and I would fight for that seat.
It would be dark outside when we left for school and dark when we came home. Sometimes it felt like it never got light.
Those long winter days always seemed worse after the New Year. I can remember that tangible January feeling that the world was dark and may never get light again.
And yet, here I am on a dull January morning, the holidays over, the New Year celebrations passed, the rain pouring down and the world feeling damp, with an entirely different feeling.
Not only am I full of hope, I am positively bursting with enthusiasm to get the day started!
Some would say, enjoy the moment and don’t think about it too much or you might spoil it! Not me!
It gets me thinking about what has changed.
Now I do admit that January has always been my least favorite month. So why the cheerfulness now, what’s so great about January 2011?
Well there are a few reasons to be happy –
– In this part of the world, rain is infrequent and ALWAYS welcome!
– More and more people are understanding the power of storytelling!
– Last year my business experienced huge growth and we’re well set to out-do that this year!
– There are more Story Coaches in the world who are out there doing amazing work enabling people achieve more fulfillment and peace in their lives.
But aside from all that, my home is warm, my kids are well (and not at home!), there’s a great song on the radio, a hot cup of tea and this moment is absolutely perfect.
I realize that when I start to hate January, I am hating events that may have happened in the past, or fears of what could happen in the future.
They are stories that do not serve me well. They are the stories that take me away from the perfection of the moment.
When you examine the story that your fear, sadness or hatred is expressed through, you will usually find that it is not based in the moment, but rather a time and a place that, in fact, does not exist right now.
You can choose not to live in that place; not to allow that place live in you.
You can choose a better story.
So, roll on January with wind and rain, dull skies and short days.
I’m telling a great story and it’s making me smile!
© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom