July 2013: Sunshine not far away after the rain

ettaRecently, it seems like we are having weather disaster after weather disaster. Whether it is rain in biblical proportions, high winds spawning tornadoes or forest fires spurred on by excessive heat and dry conditions, weather and natural disasters are headline news.

When watching accounts of those who have survived and come through a natural disaster often after losing all worldly possessions, the overriding theme is gratitude. In spite of great hardships, you hear words of thanksgiving for their lives being spared and praise for the first responders, who that aided them. It’s not easy to lose everything you own or the roof over your head. Somehow, you pick up the pieces and rebuild your life. The grief is there. You learn to live with the loss to move forward.

In the song, “Stormy Weather,” the metaphor of weather illustrates the feeling of despair when someone loved is no longer there. The feeling of gloom and storms helps the listener to understand the feelings of the singer. We often use metaphors of weather in everyday language to share how we are feeling. “Having a dark cloud over us,” “feels like storm clouds rolling in” and “a sunny day is on the horizon” all conjure up negative or positive images.

“Don’t know why, there’s no sun up in the skies, stormy weather. Since my man and I aren’t together. Keeps raining all the time. Life is bare, gloom and mis’ry everywhere, stormy weather. Just can’t get my poor self together. I’m weary all the time. So weary all the time. When he went away the blues walked in and met me. If he stays away, old rockin’ chair will get me. All I do is pray the Lord above will let me walk in the sun once more. Can’t go on, everything I had is gone, stormy weather. Since my man and I ain’t together, keeps raining all the time.”

So the next time stormy weather enters your life, remember the lines from the musical “Annie:” “The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar there’ll be sun. When I’m stuck with a day, that’s gray and lonely. I just stick out my chin and grin and say: Tomorrow. Tomorrow. I’ll love ya, tomorrow. It’s only a day away.”

How do you handle the stormy weather in your life? I’d love to hear your stories of perseverance.