Folks have strong feelings about storms and they  certainly seem to be a part of life, so here a few quotes about storms. Today my wish for you is the sentiment contained in the last quote. But first, take a moment to read and consider these other quotes by Paulo Coelho (and feel free to reply with your own favorite storm-related quote.)

“Heaven and Earth are meeting in a storm that, when it’s over, will leave the air purer and the leaves fertile, but before that happens, houses will be destroyed, centuries-old trees will topple, paradise will be flooded.”

“The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes.”

“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.”

And now, my favorite – though not by Paulo Coelho:

“Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.” -author unknown

In the face of life’s storms can we try to practice acceptance? Could we look at a catastrophe as a challenge, or even an invitation? It isn’t easy to always see the silver lining, but building that habit of thought can really be life-changing. Switching “Why does this always happen to me?” for “What lesson might I learn through these circumstances?” As always, every time we practice that habit, we’re one step closer to living our best life.

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