The winds of change blow through our lives at the most unexpected times. You see no approaching storm, no clouds holding possiblity. The day appears to be as normal as any other day. Then out of the north, a wind of such magnitude that it knocks you down, blows the laundry off of the line, whips the trees into a frenzy, comes barreling at you. You shiver, your eyes sting, you push hard against the wind just to stand. Then just as quickly as it came, it ceases. The air is calm, but the mess you are left looking at all around you is almost overwhelming.
When change blows into your life, it brings with it the task of redefining what you thought you knew. Truths you were positive were absolute are now questioned. Relationships that were sure are now unsure. Ideals you have held dear must be re-evaluated. Often afraid, you ignore the mess, step over it, and continue the way you were. It is easier. No redefinition needed. If you choose to look at the mess, sort through it, pick it up, throw away what is no longer usuable, and find a way to keep that laundry on the line next time, you may find something unexpected. You may find something that you didn't even realize you were searching for or that you had lost in the first place. Now that you have found it, you are not sure how you had not noticed it was missing from your life. It is as if you were walking around without your glasses. The blurred edges come into sharp focus. The world is illuminated a bit better. The colors pop with more intensity. You stop and thank the world for the wind and the mess you had to clean up to find the piece of you that was missing.