The look on my son's face when he saw an airplane up close for the first time - priceless indeed. It was a mix of fear, excitement and anticipation... not knowing what to expect. He wanted to take it all in - pointing out the wings, wheels and the "highway" (read: runway). He'd only ever seen airplanes up high in the sky before. This was a completely different experience.
Right before takeoff, the airplane stopped moving for a brief moment, then sped up to speeds I could only dream of driving - then, like magic, we lifted off the ground into the air. Moving through the clouds was a bit scary. You couldn't really see anything around you - like being in a whiteout blizzard. Next comes the blue sky - the neverending blue sky that looks like blue stained glass.
I began to think about how this applies to everyday situations. We rarely don't take a minute to pause before rushing head-first into a situation which, more often than not, isn't all that great for us. What if we did take that minute to pause and breathe? What if we took more than a minute? Would we make better decisions for ourselves?
There's always going to be 'clouds' in our lives - times where we can't see a way out or it seems hopeless. Just as the airplane kept rising through the clouds, we can overcome anything that comes in our way. It's never permanent. Those clouds need to be there to teach us something or shield us from the sun.
What struck me the most about the blue sky was that it was whatever I wanted it to be. When you see a clear blue sky, what emotion comes up for you? There's no right or wrong answer here. I can only describe that feeling as neutral... maybe that's not the right word but it just feels like I'm returning to centre.
It's okay to find your own version of peace or your own centre. Pause for a moment and discover what that means for you.