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Above the Clouds

“We’d never know how high we are, till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the sky.”  – Emily Dickinson

“Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.” - Winston Churchill

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” – Winston Churchill

Sometimes our plans don’t always work out the way we plan. Last week, my excitement to escape for a quick vacation came to a grinding halt when our flight was cancelled two hours before leaving. Since it was a quick trip to Las Vegas, losing one of three days is substantial. We were able to get another flight with a stop in Portland, only losing five hours.

Floating above the clouds, I was gently reminded of the importance of rising above the clouds to get a fresh perspective. To know what’s really important and what’s not worthy of more than a moment of our time and attention.

We have daily inconveniences and detours disguised as opportunities to take a different view, to be more patient, to slow down, to stop multitasking every moment away. And the true measurement isn’t in what happens to us but in how we deal with it.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Very nice, thank you.

    July 23, 2012
  2. Love the Churchill quote! Thanks!

    July 23, 2012
  3. naturedar #

    What a wonderful outlook on life. This was not only beautifully metaphorically written, but inspiring, and your Dickinson and Churchill quotes are so befitting. Your last sentence is one of the wisest truisms I’ve ever read. As for those two best friends you live with, there truly must be peace and love in your home. They’re among my favorite breeds; loveable and huggable. I’ve never owned a dog but have always had canine buddies. If Molly and Lily were with me now, I’d wrap my arms around them and kiss them between the eyes, just like I do with my human-like, loving cat, who often causes me to float above the clouds.

    July 23, 2012
  4. I just love that moment when you rise above the clouds in a plane! We need to remember that the sun is always shining even when we can’t see it through the gloom. Hope you had a great trip!

    July 23, 2012

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