Weather is one of those topics that can fill the space. Easy in a taxi. Easy amongst people you do not know very well. I don't tend to talk too much about weather though unless it's unusual or relevant.
On Friday last week in Sydney weather became a relevant topic. For what seemed like forever but was only days, Sydney was shrouded in gray clouds and drenched in rain. Umbrellas and wet clothes were more in order than sleeveless shirts and sandals. For summer in Sydney to feel like winter took many of us by surprise. I heard a few jokes about dusting off the winter wardrobe and turning the heaters back on.
It is in this context that seeing the sun shine again on Friday was a joyous occassion. I felt my spirit lift as did many others. I swear people smiled more, greeted people casually as they walked by and relaxed just a bit more rather than rushing to find cover.
This welcome change made me reflect, as I do alot, on how symbolic the weather can be for the way we live our lives. So often we walk around with a metaphorical gray cloud over our head worrying that it's going to rain in our life. It's a half empty saga. Yes the rain comes. And yes our lives can have dreary and frustrating moments or even periods of time. Yet somehow, sometime along the way the sun does shine again. Similarly in our lives what goes down seems to go back up. Now of course this may not be the case for a cerain percentage of people. For the average person though we get to experience contrast and variety in our life. It is in the contrast that we can truly really appreciate and know the beauty of living and loving life.
So on Friday I had this almost euphoric feeling brought on simply by the sun shining and the blue sky returning, even if only for a day (it's raining again as I write this!). I felt like a little kid. As soon as I got home from my morning meetings I grabbed my camera and went out and just took pictures of the sky. Yes there were clouds. And the clouds revealed unending and infinite blue sky.
Even when the clouds are there I am reminded by these photos that behind the cloud is not just a silver lining but always, always, always BLUE SKY!
So enjoy these when you are having a cloudy day moment.