Shades of Gray

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

What do you see? Are your eyes drawn to the darkness of the clouds? Maybe you are worried about a torrential downpour or a tornado. Both are valid worries given the look of those clouds. Even here in Pennsylvania we have had some unusually wild weather with hail, flash-flooding and even a few stray tornadoes touching down. We have had some tragic loss of life and destruction of property.

Or are you drawn to the brightness peeking through the storm clouds? You can look at the sky with hope and trust that even if it does rain, the sun will appear at some point.

This can be a metaphor for life. Sometimes we are hopeful and looking for the spots of sunshine each day, and other days we are caught up in the swirling storm clouds. They are not mutually exclusive. We can experience a little of both, but what we choose to focus on depends on our frame of mind.

In my life, not many things are black or white. I tend to always think in shades of gray which isn’t always helpful when I am trying to make a decision, yet I believe it makes me more thoughtful and compassionate.

How do you see things?

2 thoughts on “Shades of Gray

  1. Depends on the situation, sometimes I see only the dark clouds, sometimes the light peeking through. I like these words from your post: “You can look at the sky with hope and trust that even if it does rain, the sun will appear at some point.”

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  2. LOVE this! There is a little body shop on the corner of the street I live off of. They always have little quotes on their sign. This week’s says ‘What you see depends on what you look for.’ It connects nicely to your post. I have been being more purposeful in looking for the more positive and acknowledging what I am grateful for. Thanks so much for sharing, Rita! By the way, I tend to notice the light trying to make its way out of the dark clouds. 🙂

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