Taking Off Against The Wind. Then Soaring Above It.

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

…Henry Ford

Some days it seems like everything is out to get you. Deadlines need to be met. Spouses or partners need time and attention that you don’t have to give them, children are not cooperating with you as you try to get them out of the house and to school on time. You get the picture.

There is only so much one can take before the storm sets in.

Our mind is not unlike a sea or a an ocean. Rain showers, storms, or the sun can transform the surface of any expanse of water into a bubbling, frothing buildup of horrifically high waves, or into a clear, smooth sheet whereby we can see into those great depths below.

The same is true for us. Intense emotions or a grueling mood can crop up when we least expect it. Nor want it. The key is that when these storms crops up (we all know that they will) and we seem to be going against the wind…

Don’t wish these feelings away! Or, wish they were different from what they are in the moment. Instead learn to notice the “weather” inside and root yourself in what is really happening.

This weather report will help us to understand our inside world just a little bit better. This in turn allows us to acknowledge our moods and to help us accept them. That it’s okay to have such feelings.

When we allow ourselves to look at our emotions, we can then determine what is right for us at that moment: a hug, a phone call to a friend, a joint effort to find a solution to a problem, or something completely different.

Chances are that in those times when the wind is against us, and we take the time to notice that “I am not the downpour, but I notice that it is raining; I am not a fearful person, but I realize that sometimes I have these big heebie-jeebies, or butterflies in my stomach,” it trains us to identify less with our moods.

It enables us to face those blistering storms head on. Not without that fear, or that anger, or that sadness, but, rather, in spite of it.

It’s always good to remember too, that whatever we resist, persists. Whatever we fight, we strengthen. And whatever we fear, we draw near. The important thing is to allow ourselves to feel those feelings and then do it anyway. After that…get out there and kick some butt!!!

Here’s an inspirational video to get you taking off against the wind…and loving it!