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Stand Still

December 12, 2012

Once a few years ago, I went on a trip to Cancun, Mexico with a friend. We went towards the end of July, so as some of you may know it’s hurricane season. So although it was bright and sunny when we arrived from the airport by the time we checked in and started drinking our complimentary check-in cocktails the sky was darkening.

As we made our way back to our room, we decided to stay inside and relax for a little while since it was obvious a storm was coming. So my friend and I poured shots of our preferred libations and settled in on the balcony to watch the storm blow in. Dark storm clouds quickly engulfed the blue sky and the waves of the ocean hit the beach with more ferocity with each gust of wind. Then rain started to fall in the distance, changing the pattern of the water’s surface moving more rapidly the closer it got to shore.  And then, in the middle of the sky was a bird.

Now, I had watched many storms in the past, but this was my first time seeing a bird trapped in a storm. So of course, I was curious to how this bird would beat the storm, seeing he was smack dab over the middle of the ocean without a shelter in site. Of course, my fast thinking mind was that he would turn around and go back the opposite way to try to outrun the storm. But instead it just stood. The bird stood there,  in what seemed like the same spot, for the entire duration of the storm; never

moving forward or backward. He flapped his wings occasionally to keep from being blown away, but he did not struggle against the storm.

In this moment, it became clear to me how every living creature will have times that they have to stand still in a storm. Inevitably there will be a time when you will be caught in a storm with no shelter in sight. When this happens it is not natures, intent for you to retreat and try to outrun it or use your energy to fight against it. It is simply nature’s intent to keep you still and to fight against it is insanity.

So as you see yourself standing still, know that like in nature all storms pass and each bird gets an opportunity to continue on its flight.

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