When it storms here in Texas, believe me, you can hear it and feel it. It’s like all creation is causing a disturbance. At first, it was pretty scary to me. I had never heard thunder that loud and never had to experience a tornado watch before. When there is a storm emergency, we take shelter or move away from it until it subsides or permanently if there is damage.
Like the Texas storm, sometimes there are storms in life we need to either find shelter or walk away from. We are aware that they exist because they speak loudly to us. There is no escaping the sound, but we can escape the effects of storms around us. Some battles are just simply not ours to fight. Sometimes we get tired of the fight. Either way, it’s not worth creating our own storm or echoing its roar.
Life is like that. Sometimes we face good weather, and sometimes we have to get away from the damage the bad weather can create if we don’t. Some storms are just a little rain. Rain happens in every life, and usually, it’s bearable. For rain, all we need is an umbrella or choose to allow ourselves to get right in the middle of it and get wet. We choose our battles. If we live long enough, we come to know what is just a little rain and an all-out storm that will damage our lives or souls.
Learn to listen, watch, intuit, and discern. If you are experiencing a storm that might escalate, it is time to take cover or move from it before it causes you damage. If you have some rain, enjoy the cleansing because rain will do that too if you feel like doing a childlike jump in the puddles and enjoy life anyway. The rain will stop, if that is all it is, and you will have at least had some enjoyment from it.
Early this morning I heard there was a 4.5 earthquake in the state of California. The faults are just adjusting and relieving some pressure. I feel that same need sometimes too, don’t you? When life gets on my nerves it’s almost like sleeping on my arm too long. Sooner or later it’s time to adjust. Movement causes relief and we always know when we need to do it. The pressure builds up. We become uncomfortable, emotional, and sometimes down right cranky. Let it go long enough, next thing we know there is a fire blazing. California is a great example of this too. I think the state has a temper. Or maybe she just needs an adjustment?
When scientists study the reactions that happen from beneath the earth’s surface they come to theories as to why things need to shift. We have those same excavation capabilities. Go deep enough and it is easy to see where the cranky is coming from. Usually it means a change is coming or needed. If we don’t recognize the need, sometimes the change comes as a surprise, much like a good old fashioned California earthquake.
Honestly, everything has to shift. Nothing ever stays the same. I think it was Plato who first made that conclusion. When things become unbearable to the point where we are cranky more days than not, it is a good indicator that things are about to shift either by choice or by force. Sometimes both! Nothing ever becomes new or exciting without a good shift. I think that is why I love to move to different places so much. I am not fond of the process but the shift gives things a sense of newness that is usually much needed. Maybe I should have been a gypsy?
Internally, we move as well. Emotionally all things need a shift now and then to relieve the steam and pressure. I can close my eyes and take a deep sigh because I know what that feels like. Sometimes it is a shift in belief, mindset, or a new way of dealing with things. Whatever brings relief is what we should seek as long as it is not an addictive, or harmful thing. Sometimes it’s a new business or job. Others, it might be a new state or location. Then again, it can be a whole new mindset and way of believing. Meditative practice is a great new shift. I am all for peace of mind. It never comes without some sort of new action or change.
Without shifting there is no growth or maturity. We become unsettled and build up tension. Just like the earth we find it time to shake things up a bit just to allow the jolt to let us see life from a different perspective.