Change in the weather, again

rainjuly 07.07.15  When I flew in from Denver, the temperature was 30 degrees cooler than when I left. The furnace had even come on!  I went around the house, shutting all the windows, left wide-open at my departure.  When I opened my eyes at 5:30 this morning, my first thought was how rapidly the days are getting shorter, but it was only the clouds.  And, here it is raining.  June weather records are pouring in, and it was truly historic in its heat and dryness.  There has not been such a long stretch without rain since 1952, and with the Red Flag Warning, all fireworks were cancelled on the Fourth of July.

Everything has changed.  I always struggle without clearly marked transitions to help me pass from one place to the next, so this abrupt change in the weather is jarring.  I remember reading architectural articles, when we were designing our house, about how important transitions between spaces are in creating a smooth flow in the home–a lowered ceiling to separate the kitchen from living room; framing a door or window, defining it as an open space; a wooden threshold to separate flooring between rooms.  Rumi wrote, “Try not to resist the changes that come your way.  Instead let life live through you…”.  These sudden weather changes serve to remind me of my resistance and illusory control.  Quoting A.A. Milne once again, from Winnie-the-Pooh, “It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.”  It will all change again, and again, and again…

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