It’s Just the Weather – #reverb14, Day 3

I don't feel like a constant. I feel like super balls in a thunderstorm.

Just the WeatherIt’s all too easy to put off loving where we are until everything is perfect. What can you love about where you are now?

Blergh. If I were a weather man, that’s how I would describe the weather today. Cold, damp, rainy, grey.

It’s all about the view. I look out my window and what I see is the weather.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” — Pema Chodron

This author — Pema Chodron — is one person I come back to all the time. Because she writes compassionately and purposefully about a mindful life, one that travels along the “middle way.”

There’s a great deal of Buddhist lingo and philosophy in what she writes, but often what her writings come back to, for me, is about BEING PRESENT, RIGHT NOW.

I arrive at my desk everyday. My desk has all sorts of crap on it. Everyday, it’s like a potpourri. You never know WHAT you will find here. Oh, hello! There’s my reading glasses.

I have to interact with my life everyday. It changes. I am the only constant.

However, I don’t FEEL like a constant. I feel like a careening roller coaster of super balls in a thunderstorm.

But still, I am. I may age or break an ankle or partake in a mood swing. But I am.

To Suit the Weather

So, here I am, looking out this window.

It’s me again. Wearing different clothes today, to suit the weather.

It’s been a long road for me to arrive at a kind of “self-acceptance” but I have, to tell the truth. Yes, I have!

When I return to my hometown, where people remember me differently, who do I take with me? Is it that “flakey, fragile, victim” I used to be?

No. In point of fact, I take this person. ME. BOOM!

AND, in point of fact, I ALSO TAKE the realization that I was NEVER was that flakey, fragile victim. That was a story I wrote at the time, to protect myself from perceptions that weren’t real.

Clothes that suited the weather.

I guess my answer to the prompt is that what I love about where I am right now is warm sweaters and Pema Chodron. And the weather.

(That’s a joke. Get it? It’s me!!)

Reverb Button 300x300This post is part of the December group posting project, #reverb14, hosted by the wonderful Kat McNally. Follow reverb14 on Twitter.

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Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home. 

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  13 comments for “It’s Just the Weather – #reverb14, Day 3

  1. December 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Boy, do I identify with this. Yes. I know this. I know this in my own way. Wonderfully written, Elizabeth. 🙂

  2. December 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    It’s Just the Weather – #reverb14, Day 3 http://t.co/UHmOR0NCi8

  3. December 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Everything else? –> ‘It’s Just the Weather’ – #reverb14, Day 3 http://t.co/Ljhi7WHMK1 #Youarethesky #pema

  4. December 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Your writing is fabulous – and your reflections wonderful! I’m so happy to be here soaking you in.

    • December 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you Deborah. I am not sure they are just a but above rambles, but thanks!

    • December 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Thank you (blush!)

  5. December 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Oh I love this. And I have not read any Pema Chodron, but her name keeps coming up for me. Might have to look into it.

    • December 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Once you find her, Alana, you will never be lost again Alana! (Well, except when you need and want to!)

  6. December 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    “I take this person” — Love this line! RT @inkytwig It’s Just the Weather – #reverb14, Day 3 http://t.co/KsMX6p8r1q

  7. December 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I want to come back again and again and just sit here for awhile, lost in your words. So glad to have found you through Reverb.

    • December 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

      What a wonderful compliment! Thank you. I love finding other bloggers this way too!

  8. December 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Love. RT @smallstate: Everything else? –> ‘It’s Just the Weather’ – #reverb14, Day 3 http://t.co/qUEqTf6zDX  #Youarethesky #pema

  9. Kat
    December 5, 2014 at 3:04 am

    The weather. Absolutely.

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