Grey Clouds, Blue Skies, and The Bigger Picture

Friday, December 25, 2015

Chicago hidden below grey clouds
While the year-end holiday season is focused on gratitude, joy, and generosity, it's also typically the most stressful time of year for many people. This season is also known for being mentally and emotionally tough for many as well — seasonal affective disorder is in full swing, holiday scents and sounds often serve to trigger unpleasant memories, and family traditions can invoke sadness over loved ones no longer with us.

I took the above photo with my phone on a flight into Chicago in 2010. While the sky above the clouds was blue and vast, the people in the Windy City below were experiencing a gloomy, grey, stormy morning. I love that the photo is a reminder that grey clouds aren't the whole picture and that they'll eventually clear to reveal wide open blue.

Originally published November 2010

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