There was an epic thunder and lightning storm here last night. I love thunder storms just like a lot of people do. However, not only do I enjoy watching and listening to them, but I take the opportunity to learn things from the storm. Last night was the first really good storm we’ve had in a while and here is what I picked up on.
1. Patience – A lot of people when watching a lightning storm will try to look for each bolt of lightning that occurs. You might get lucky every once and a while, but typically once you look to where the lightning occurred, it’s gone and you’ve missed it. Then another happens and you have to whip your head around and then you’ve missed that one. The trick is to leave your eyes focused in one place and ignore the other bolts around you. By doing this, you are more likely to catch multiple bolts of lightning. Think about a camera taking pictures of a storm. It sits in one place and is able to capture the bolts. If the photographer was trying to whip around to wherever the next bolt was, s/he would never catch one. You’re eyes are the camera: stay focused in one place in the sky if you want to see the bolts.
Be patient and stay focused on one goal/objective to help you achieve success.
2. Power – Every time I see lightning, I cannot help but think about the amazing power it has. From hearing trees splitting in two after a bolt, or just the CRACK of the bolt itself, it constantly reminds me that it is not something to mess around with. There is no way to beat lightning unless you are grounded or in a safe place. Sometimes it’s OK to retreat to safety if you know that you are weaker than you’re opponent. In this case, lightning is about 54,000 °F hotter and about 140,000 mph faster than I am, not to mention it carries 30,000 amps of current and 500 megajoules of energy. I know when I’m outnumbered and this is definitely one of those times.
Know your power and know the power of others around you to make informed, smart decisions.
3. Calmness: Even though storms have awesome power and are often loud, somehow they always bring a calmness over me. Just sitting and watching the storm from underneath a shelter is an amazing experience for me. To be calm in the middle of a storm is not the easiest thing though. Loud crashes and bright, quick light can often raise anxiety. I have learned through many storms how to maintain my calmness through them as I used to get scared when I was younger. Once you are able to stay calm through the storm, you can truly appreciate what it has to offer.
Stay calm during the scary, tough parts and you will be able to appreciate the ride and the end more.
I love thunderstorms and subsequently learned some great qualities from them that I can use throughout my life and in my work. I love learning little things from seemingly nothing like a thunder and lightning storm.