You are the sky

July 12, 2014

You are the sky

You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather. ~Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun

Weather comes and goes. So do our woes. And no, that’s not a poem–it’s a brilliant observation that is so obvious when we pass midlife that we wonder why some of us let the things that happened in our life throw us.

There are so many things I’d like to tell younger people I know, and this is chief among them:  Life is more forgiving than you might think, especially for the young.  What might seem like a huge problem–losing a job, a relationship ending, not getting into a certain college–so many of those life events won’t mean anything in the greater scheme of things.

And may even be opportunities in disguise.

So when things are getting you down, consider that you ARE the sky. Everything else is the weather.

As George Harrison once wrote, All Things Must Pass.

And do.

29 comments on “You are the sky
  1. zee says:

    What a beautiful saying! When you see yourself as the sky and everything else as the weather, then the saying, ‘This too shall pass” becomes the truth. I’ve subscribed to this blog as I have a feeling that there is a lot to learn!

  2. I totally agree with you! It is time that we took our failures as momentary setbacks and not end of the world for us!

  3. Great advice – I am learning this more and more! What other advice do you have?

  4. Love this reflection, Carol.

    “…opportunities in disguise…” That is so true, isn’t it? Do you think that maybe that is what we have to come to learn–internalize, really–through our life experiences? By sweating the little things, do we somehow purge ourselves of that salty waste?

  5. Indeed. A lovely sentiment, for sure.

  6. Diane says:

    This is amazing, Carol! And so profound! I love the thought that the things that happen in my life are just the weather. Perfect!

  7. Joan Stommen says:

    Great way to look at the big picture…thanks for this inspiration, Carol. I’m way past midlife….but things still throw me. For today I am the sky….with beautiful, sunny weather!

  8. Lana says:

    Things have been a little rough for me lately – just what I needed to read on this beautiful Saturday morning. Thank you!

  9. Oh, I like that, Carol. I am the Sky…… I am working on returning to my good vibes attitude. Thanks for a little bump of positivity. 🙂

  10. Kathy says:

    This is a beautiful saying. To add..If I am the Sky, and everything else is the weather, then I hope that the earth is my attitude to grow from the weather I endure. Thank you for sharing.

  11. I love this quote and I could use it often when things are going haywire!

  12. “You are the sky. Everything else is the weather” — Although I never put it so artfully, I think this is a life lesson I somehow learned early on. The way I put it was, “No matter what, you’ll always be there.” For some reason, I found that comforting.

  13. I was going a bit crazy this morning trying to come up with something, anything to help a young woman who is struggling to find a reason to live.
    This will help.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  14. So lovely Carol. Great advice!

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