Live :: Optimistically :: Through :: Universal :: Struggles
I tell my clients all the time to look for the silver lining. Here in Hawaii we are blessed to have beautiful weather for most of the year. Every once in a while we are hit with a rainstorm or flashflood. It's easy to get caught up in how the crappy weather is and how it impacted our day, after all it ruins our beach day, prevents us from viewing a beautiful sunset or prohibits us working on our tan. In the midst of the storm it is often hard to see its beauty. But if we allow ourselves to wait out the storm, we are rewarded with a beautiful rainbow. We are even blessed to reap the benefits of the storms for days after, our lush mountain sides are green and bursting with waterfalls. Sometimes the results of a storm result in long lasting beauty.
This week, we experienced days straight of rain. It was gloomy, traffic was worse and yet we had no control over it. In these times where we have no control over the situation/storm, I encourage you to wait it out, stay warm and cozy, enjoy the company of your loved ones and when you least expect it, you will be rewarded with a few seconds of pure bliss as the perfect rainbow appears. It's often hard to look for the silver linings or a glimpse of a perfect rainbow, but when we think positively, we feel positive and do positive. We may not have control of the situation/storm, but we do have the power to change the way you think, feel and therefore do about it. That is what makes you powerful!
When I see a rainbow, I can't help but think of my nephew Dylan. He has also been drawn to rainbows, we even named his Autism Walk team #dylansrainbows. Like a rainbow, Dylan surprises us all the time with beauty and grace. He has the ability to see the silver lining in the gloomiest of situations. This week was full of storms for Dylan and I couldn't be more proud of him. He handled the situation appropriately and in the end, was rewarded with a rainbow of his own. While he had endured a horrendous storm, he was able to stay positive, which allowed him to control how he thought, how he felt and helped him to control his behaviors. He was more powerful then the storm itself! Wouldn't we all benefit from being a little more like Dylan, stay optimistic and choose to control the outcome of the situation by not letting the storm control you!
This week, I encourage you all to be a little more like my nephew. Stop and look for beauty, because... "it always makes your day a little better, right?" - DYLAN