Wild Windy Weather

Managing work related stress and

At the moment, there is a large part of me that is wrestling with the here and now.  The spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle says ‘the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it’. I seem to have many thoughts, and they are not all good.

At the weekend, I set myself a photography challenge. I had imagined a project that focused on small things and a wander through the woods. However, the weather had other plans, and the wild wind arrived. I suppose in this small way, I accepted the situation for what it was – not as I had planned – and adapted. The expanse of the Leicestershire countryside and the dynamic nature of the sky lent itself to black and white images and multiple exposures. This is where I can set my camera up so that it takes ten shots on one frame. It is a technique that works perfectly for moving clouds.

As I stood buffeted by gusts of wind, setting up various shots and enjoying the situation, I reflected on the desires to be elsewhere, to skip over the frustrations of life right now and move on quickly, like the clouds skimming across the sky. A poem formed in my mind and with it a cunning plan. What if I spoke the words, rather than just write them. I was curious to know what it would sound like in my voice. So here goes.