Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Fun, Part 7: Stormy Weather

This spring and summer, Atlanta has had more than its fair share of thunderstorms - heavy rain, damaging winds, thunder and lightning. Figuratively speaking, my family has weathered a few storms, too. But this evening as I drove home from Lindy's house - following a productive but exhausting few hours with her and Megan - I saw the most beautiful rainbow I have seen in a long, long time. The picture doesn't do it justice, but there it is.

It made the storm seem worthwhile, and left me with such a feeling of well-being. Indeed, it gave me hope that maybe everything really will turn out all right in the end. Maybe I am following the path I am meant to travel. Yes, I have a lot of work to do. But maybe if I am able to ride out the rough times, the floods and the power outages, the heart stopping thunderclaps and the blinding flashes of lightning, something beautiful will come out of it.

I'm going to hold onto that for a while.

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Julee J. Adams said...

Great pic! Thanks for sharing and I believe you're right. My hero in the first book drives a Jaguar, so every time I see one driving around, I smile. It seems on days I've been very productive writing, then got out, I see two.
We take our signs and encouragement where we can and a rainbow is a lovely one. I got my shirt the other day and will get a picture soon, promise! Keep your chin up!

S.M. Carrière said...

That's a gorgeous shot. The real thing must have been spectacular.

I do so adore those moments of clarity, amidst all the tumult of trying to make dreams reality, when you realise that you are on your path and if you stick with it, you'll get there.

You will get there.

Cheering from the sidelines for you!

Pam Asberry said...

I totally understand your reaction when you see a Jaguar out on the road, Julee. And it's clearly a sign from the Universe that you see TWO Jaguars on your best writing days. Can't wait to see a picture of you in your Writers LiPP shirt. Woot! Woot!

Pam Asberry said...

It was amazing, S.M. - a perfect arc across the sky. Maybe it was just a coincidence, but on the heels of everything else that happened yesterday, I really don't think so. Thank you for being my cheerleader! :-)

Tami Brothers said...

Great picture, Pam! I think people take a lot for granted and miss things when they are focused on getting from one place to the other. That is one of my biggest problems. I come up with a plan and then I want to be there already. I honestly have to make myself stop, notice and really look at the rainbows life gives me. Glad you found yours last night.


Pam Asberry said...

It's so true, Tami. To be honest, I was pretty focused on getting home last night. I hate driving in the rain, especially at dusk. But that gorgeous rainbow stopped me in my tracks. I pulled into the parking lot at the Wendy's by Mall of Georgia, pulled out my camera, and snapped away. I took pictures with my cell phone, too, and sent them to my kids and my brother. I didn't want them to miss it! It was as I pulled out of the parking lot and made the rest of the journey home that I received the insight. I felt truly blessed!