I love this quote from the great Pema Chodron. The most enlightened, calm, and wise people I know seem to be the ones who can regard all the chaos of the world (including their own disorderly thoughts) as nothing but weather patterns — constantly changing, totally unpredictable, and not worth getting very upset about.
They just watch the clouds roll in and roll out, and observe it all from a place of unshakable serenity and faith.
I strive to be that sort of person someday. The few moments I've had in my life where I was able to stand in that place of unchanging elemental peace have been the happiest moments of my life. Then I inevitably slip back into the churning storyline again…but at least I've experienced the sweetness of a reprieve for a moment.
I have to keep reminding myself that it's not about shutting down the chaos (the chaos will always be with us); it's just about watching it all unfold like a play, rather than joining in the drama.
I'll let you know when I get there, OK?
In the meanwhile, have a beautiful day, everyone — whatever the weather may be where you are (or who you are!)