Shades of Blue
Have you ever wondered how the sky can display so many shades of blue? If you look at this picture, in the sky alone there are so many varying degrees of blue. Often, when you look at the sky you see one shade spanning across the whole sky. This picture was taken after a little storm came through while we were out on our boat. The storm barely touched us, just a few sprinkles danced on the water. We could see the dark-storm clouds to our north, our south and our west. The storm was all around us but never really fell upon us. If we made a mad dash back to the safety of the shore, we would have missed something beautiful. Sometimes, it’s worth weathering the storm.
I find it’s our tendency to do whatever we can to avoid the storm. If we see something brewing, we put a plan in motion and figure out our exit strategy. I suppose some might opt for other coping mechanisms like avoidance or denial, but for now I’m speaking to those of us that really dislike being less than comfortable. Often it seems regardless of the severity of the storm, hypothetically speaking, we do whatever we can to avoid any potential distress.
This time it was worth staying put and taking a chance on the weather. So maybe we get a little wet. It’s warm out, we’re in our bathing suits, we have towels so why leave? I suppose when on the water the risk factor is elevated, but the radar showed more of a rain event than a storm event. The point is if we opted to leave our boating excursion, we wouldn’t have been eye witness to this sky with all its shades of blue and a rainbow or two on display.
As in a life-storm-event, there might be value in pausing for a moment or reflecting upon the situation. Perhaps the decision to stay is the better choice. You may even find yourself thinking, I might have missed the “sky” if I tried to avoid the “storm”. I think we often project things in the worst possible light, even if we tend to be a glass half-full type of person. We panic and even jump to conclusions. Maybe, just maybe, sometimes, if danger isn’t imminent, it’s worth seeing what the storm has on its horizon. It might not so bad after all and the view may be worth the potential for some mere annoyance or discomfort.