The Surging Storm

Winslow_Homer_-_The_Gulf_StreamThe Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami

This painting by Winslow Homer is one of my all time favourite images. The moment I first laid eyes on it… it spoke to me. It is evocative to me of something beyond words, something primal and deeply meaningful. What that is… I’m not really sure but I feel it and know it.

Yesterday the wind was fierce, the straightest and strongest trees were forced to bend or otherwise they would be broken in half. Then in the evening a tidal surge threatened and then flooded the coast. It had an apocalyptic feeling about it.

But life goes on.

Then I heard that Nelson Mandela had died. He earned his rest in peace. He may have been ready for it, but are we ready to let go of such an inspiring human being. As much as he sometimes seemed to be more than human, it was the fact that he was very human which was the most deeply touching quality about him. His pain and suffering and his ability not only to survive the storms in his life but to thrive under such adversity and turn it into something inspirational for all of us… connected him with each and every one of us (perhaps even those who may not have heard of him).

But life goes on.

Storms comes and they go. They can be storms of nature, storms of emotions, storms in our minds, storms… so many storms. We either survive or we don’t.

If we don’t… it is a different way to survive a storm, a letting go and allowing ourselves to be engulfed and carried off somewhere else. Where? Only the person carried off knows…

If we do… we eventually forget. That’s what humans do to survive. We adapt. That was yesterday, today is another day and has new challenges and storms. Be. Here. Now. We do that by instinct. But we retain a memory of previous storms,  which subtly reminds us that we are far stronger than we know we are…

Hope you are well and weathering the storms in your life… you are a very strong being, let the storm reveal that to you. I know you may be scared, fear is natural too… let it flow… let it go…

Life goes on.