The sky at dawn—so much lovelier with clouds.
Likewise, the beach—so much more interesting after storms.
The metaphors that these observations suggest to me sometimes seem trite, even reductive, on the surface. Clichés, song lyrics and memes abound: Every cloud has a silver lining; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger; after a storm comes a calm. (Don’t try telling that to the folks in Panama City—yet.)
Still, I see it every morning—the sky at dawn really is lovelier with clouds. The beach truly is more interesting after storms. And despite the fact that bright sunny days and tranquil seas are the metaphors we’ve all come to associate with happiness, I’m learning that it truly is the inclement weather that enriches my life and inspires me to become a better human. And it’s not just because stormy days make me appreciate the sunny ones. No, I think I’m on the verge of learning to appreciate the storms themselves. Continue Reading