Experience the Storm: Learning From Mother Nature

If you hang around me, you will often hear me say that we can learn a lot from Mother Nature if we will only pay attention. Yesterday was one of those times.

It was a lovely day out on Old Hickory Lake in a rented pontoon boat with family.   After hours on the lake, the weather did what it so often does in the summer. Pop up storms spawned over the water. Lightning struck in the distance so we got everyone out of the water and decided to head back to the marina.

We hoped the storms were moving in a direction that wouldn’t hit us, and for a while it seemed to be so. But not for long.   As we came upon Drakes Creek (which is very wide at the point where we had to go) we came upon this:

A wall of rain. Heavy rain. You see, the point between the dark trees is the path we had to take. You can’t even see the long stretch of water for the rain.

As we approached, the rain began to pelt us and it hurt. My brother slowed the boat that had been racing to get back to the marina to a crawl.   This kept the rain for stinging as much, but it also made me think.

Sometimes we are rushing to get through a problem or a tough spot in life. So much so, that we miss the lesson we needed to learn. When we do that, life and the universe often find a way to make sure we learn it anyway. Perhaps, we should slow down and take time t experience the storm. Feel the hurt. Learn the lesson. Experience the change in us as a result.

We came out of the storm drenched and a bit battered, but with a family story to tell. It made our big family day out on the lake even more memorable.

Let nature teach you something today. Experience it. Don’t just rush through the lesson. Really learn it.

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Much love and light!



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