As the season begins to shift and we look forward to the brightness of summer, and the cold dark winter seems to stretch even longer, it is easy to be disappointed by yet another cloudy day. We habitually crave light energy, and wait for the warmth of the sun to kiss our cheek and to brighten our outlook on life.
But disappointment only makes cloudy days darker. What if we were to change our outlook? What if we were to make a conscious decision to appreciate the clouds, finding beauty in them? An organization called The Cloud Appreciation Society is dedicated to this concept. This is what they say: “Clouds are unjustly maligned and…life would be immeasurably poorer without them… clouds are Nature’s poetry, and the most egalitarian of her displays, since everyone can have a fantastic view of them.”
Clouds are beautiful. They add an indescribable depth to landscapes and facilitate the transport of rain to nourish our planet. And one of their greatest qualities is that they allow us to appreciate the sun on a warm summer day.
Changing our outlook about clouds is good practice for learning to appreciate life’s challenges and disappointments, and will give insight on how both can help us to grow and value life in its entirety. Clouds, after all, are there for a reason.