We all go through difficult periods in our lives. You may be experiencing one now or just finished experiencing one. Difficult periods in life can include a separation from a partner, the loss of a job or a physical health issue. It can be hard to find the silver lining and see the sun still shining beyond the clouds. It can be helpful to think of these difficult life periods as a thunderstorm that often creates chaos and sometimes destruction but is often followed by a rainbow. We don’t always remember that the most tumultuous times in our lives often clear the way for something new, exciting, and often unexpected to begin in our lives. If you feel like giving up, remember that everything is temporary. I know that when we experience a difficult period and the full force of the thunderstorm, it can be terrifying and painful. It is during these times that we must seek shelter in the people we love and who love us. They will be the ones to give us an umbrella, raincoat or depending on the severity of the thunderstorm, a life raft or boat so that we can survive the storm. We can weather any thunderstorm or difficult life experience with the people who love us, supporting and cheering us on. At some point after the storm has passed, you’ll have the opportunity to repay the favor by supporting them through their thunderstorm.
Remember, thunderstorms don’t last forever. The rain, clouds and thunder will eventually pass, and life will get better and your special rainbow will appear.
Christina is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland California.