When JC and I took our holiday beach trip this year, we ran into some bad weather. It was difficult for me to accept that I couldn’t enjoy my “outside” beach time, combing the beach for unusual things to take pictures of. My camera waited by the door, sadly, while the showers kept us inside.
After a day or two, the showers lightened and there were even some breaks in the rain. As I couldn’t stand it any longer, I donned my raincoat and grabbed my camera, deciding I would find something to photograph, even if it was the rainstorm you see in the above picture.
I stood on the porch watching the sky, snapping shot after shot of the magnificent and scary dark clouds that slowly drifted past.
Just when I was just about to go inside, I looked up at the dark clouds that were drifting across the sky, and saw it….
It was looking down at me in all its glory – a patch of bright blue peeking through the clouds. It only lasted a few minutes, but time enough for me to snap a few shots. I was delighted to find this patch of blue, amidst the stormy sky; it reminded of a good friend.
My friend, Lori of JaneBeNimble, is experiencing some dark and difficult times in her life right now. She’s a very special person; one of the most loving people I know. She’s uplifting and as kind as the day is long.
Lori has Multiple Sclerosis; something she’s written about several times in posts such as “Neuron Bench Press” and “I love Your Mind.” There are many days when Lori’s skies are cloudy and dark; days when she can’t do things she wants to do. Her MS brings exhaustion and sometimes, severe dizzy spells. On those days all she can do is rest.
But even MS can’t deflate Lori for long. It drags her down sometimes – after all, she is human – but she never lets it keep her down. That’s the gift that Lori has. She’s one of those people who always looks up and finds the patch of blue in her sky.
A good teacher
I greatly admire Lori’s attitude towards life. Even when she’s surrounded by the clouds of MS, even when this illness makes it difficult for her to write or speak easily on the phone, Lori finds a way to express her love and hope.
MS hasn’t made Lori become the loving and hopeful person she is; I believe that’s just her nature. She strives to see the “patches of blue” in her life with the fierceness of one who is determined to see beyond the darkness of her illness or other difficult times. She is the ultimate positive person!
I feel that Lori is a good teacher for all of us. As we move through life, we WILL experience our own storms. Lori teaches us to learn from those storms and become empowered by their lessons.
She teaches us to be patient when the skies of our lives are dark and gloomy, and reminds us that there are always patches of blue in those skies… if we look for them.
When you get to know her, you realize that not only does she see the “patches of blue” in stormy times, she is a “patch of blue” for anyone who gets to know her:~)
Want to know more about Lori? Well, for starters check out Lori’s interview with Evita Ochel of Evolving Beings for her series, Evolving Beings in Action.” In this interview, Lori shares a lot about her life and how she handles her illness.
I also encourage you to visit her site. I also recommend the following ones, which are three of my current favorites: Find a Passion for Writing, The Woman with the Panther Tattoo, and Three Tips for-Writing Loving Meeting Mermaids and More.