“Storm’s coming. Don’t open an umbrella for the part that isn’t yours. Don’t take someone else’s raincoat in the rush for cover.”
I asked for guidance on Sunday as I prepared myself for heading into the current week and the sky presented a vivid skyscape that immediately answered, speaking clearly and violently with its imagery. I was driving at the time, so there aren’t saved images of this particular scene, but I quickly dictated the above message, knowing that it wasn’t just mine.
There are two big takeaways in the imagery this message offers. As I travel through this week, I’ve been thinking frequently about where I may be holding up a defensive barrier where one is not needed. What a pointless waste of energy it can be to hold up an umbrella simply because there is a storm in the distance. There is wisdom in saving that energy for when the storm begins to pelt me with the drops meant for my own head.
I’m also struck by the second part, about using my own resources rather than draining someone else’s. How can I stand in my own gifts and use that energy I’ve saved to take care of myself when the storm arrives instead of draining someone else in a time when they may need those reserves for their own healing, survival or just day to day life?
The message points toward a struggle ahead, but gives tools that remind me to save my energy, to allow others space to build their own reserves, and to use my own saved energy to take care of myself when everyone else’s safety net is in use.
- How can you save your energy and keep your focus on the present rather than an impending and uncertain future this week?
- Where could you gently disengage to allow others the necessary space to save their energy?
- What foundations (metaphoric umbrellas, rain jackets, hats, maps to shelter) have you built to take care of yourself for stormy weather that could at any time catch you alone in open air?
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