I feel like there is a lot of wind in my face lately.
I am walking with my eyes down on my feet, the sleet is pelting my forehead and whipping my hair all about (wait...that is exactly what it was like when I left my office on Tuesday! Winter has returned... grrrr....). There are puddles to navigate so my feet don't get wet, and it is taking all my effort just to keep pushing on.
This wind is making it hard to concentrate on the big picture because I have my head bowed so low. I don't feel like I can chance looking up and seeing all that might be blowing by me. Part of me just wants to find a nice solid tree to hunker down behind with branches that I can twine my arms around and hold on tight until this all passes.
But that is the thing. The winds may die down, and I may feel just a gentle breeze lifting me up, but there will never be a lack of current. And by not looking up and out I don't see where I am headed, and it might very well be the wrong direction.
When all the wind is threatening to overwhelm, when I have been blinded by the force and entwined in my own swirling nest of hair, it is hard to keep your eyes on the prize. My tendency is to turn away. And maybe that is exactly what I need to do.
What if... instead of fighting against the gale forces that are pushing me back, I turned into them to face a new direction?
What if... that new direction afforded me a better view, and a lighter step, and helped me to see new avenues?
What if... instead of cursing the winds that threaten to push me back, or worse - stop me in my tracks - I did a 180 and let that same wind lift me up and propel me forward?
You might be flying with the wind in your face, but if you turn and let it be the wind in your sails, you might even go farther than you ever thought possible.
While the wind literally was in my face as I left work this week, and my heart goes out to all those affected by the real winds from tornadoes all across this land (including 12 in one day all around my central Wisconsin area, but missing us completely), I am, of course, talking about a metaphorical wind.
- What 'wind' is in your face? What is holding you back, stopping you in your tracks? Is it giving you the motivation to push on through or are you lacking the strength to fight just to stay upright?
- What would happen if you saw things differently, turned the other direction, followed a different path? If you have been going down the same path for some time, have you stopped to look in another direction?
- What obstacles are in your way? How can you remove them? Or how can you use them?
- Do you have reservations about letting the wind lift you up so that you can fly as only you were meant to do?
Enjoy the day!