As a sign of a change in the weather, gathering clouds represent a great example. Looking at the idea of gathering clouds as a metaphor for change in our life, we might find some ideas to help us face transitions.
Let’s be clear up front, few of us respond well to change, or at least the initial news of its coming about. Seeing gathering clouds on the horizon of our existence can fill us with any number of dark emotions and sensations.
At first we could choose to pretend the gathering clouds are moving away from us as opposed to towards us. This may actually be so in some cases, although until the last moment we cannot be sure.
Once the gathering clouds are clearly heading in our direction, we need to face the reality of the moment. Denying the evidence, or getting angry with the change of circumstances, remain options, yet probably not the best ones for us to take up.
As with gathering clouds over the sea, the presence of change in our life need not always signify the eventual arrival of ‘bad weather’. “Change itself”, as the saying goes, “is not the problem. The problem is how we handle it.”
By being open to the transient nature of everything and feeling comfortable being ourselves in any situation, we will be able to continue being our best in any circumstances. New opportunities arrive with changes and there is no reason to imagine, automatically, we won’t be able to take advantage of these in a way similar to how we surely did in the past.
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Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).