Slapping the Storm


“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”  William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Sometimes the force of changing directions jumps up and plants a big ole slap across the face.  After the stinging subsides a bit, a little need to check on the “true to self” state of things is in order.  If the directional changing slap stirs up some major dust then the only possible answer is to sit out the storm.  The eye of the storm is the perfect place for a reexamination of the current situation.  There is no way to see which way the wind is blowing when caught up in the center of the whirling.

With no avenue of escape visible, the only other option is to contemplate a new direction.  The process could be painful.  Storms are known for that.  But there is always something to be gained by hanging on to see where the storm is heading.  After all, Dorothy wound up off to see a Wizard on the Yellow Brick Road when the storm died.  The difficulty is in finding the reason for the storm.  It usually involves the willingness to change.

While caught up in the storm, some serious time spent “true-ing to self “ will likely bring the needed opening of escape.  The storm can bring on a wonderful new insight.  When you can’t see out through a storm the only other place to look is inside.  That is where the power to stop a storm is found.  Once the power is in hand the storm can be slapped back down again.  After the dust settles, the new direction appears.  And who doesn’t enjoy the chance to slap a storm down.  Maybe that storm wasn’t really as bad as it first appeared.  It might even be possible to like that whole storm thing.  The outcome just may be worth it.

Author: MaryGwyn

Artist-Art Educator-Art in Healthcare

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