“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.”
Who said, “not all storms come to disrupt your life”?
The quote “Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path” is famously credited to world-renowned Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, who wrote The Alchemist. Although some sources also mark the author as Anonymous because the origins of the quote are still quite a mystery apart from a social media post from the aforementioned author:
Not all storms come to disrupt your life,— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) August 16, 2018
some come to clear your path
Not All Storms Come to Disrupt Your Life Meaning
When a storm comes into our lives, it is unpredictable and unexpected. Our natural reaction is to fight it. But a storm demands something from us.
It demands that we make changes, learn, grow and make progress that we wouldn’t ordinarily do. We no longer have the luxury of staying on our original, known course.
We Need to Change
Sometimes we need a disruption in our pattern. As creatures of habit, we want to stay in our same rituals and routines. Even if they no longer serve us, we still continue to do them because they are known to us. They feel safe.
For me, when a storm would come into my life, I would fight it. I didn’t like what was happening, and I wanted it to stop. I wanted things to go back to how they had been.
But as I started to look back at pivotal points in my life, I realized that my most remarkable growth happened after the storm. It forced me out of my comfort zone and insisted that I make changes to what I was currently doing. It required me to level up.
And I did.
But I will tell you, some of these storms felt catastrophic to me. And they were. I remember waking up some mornings and my first thought being that my current troubles were really just a nightmare — I wanted them not to be real. They couldn’t be. (Talk about denial!)
But they were very real. And necessary for my journey.
So, what if we start looking at storms as having a purpose? What if they might even be our ally? What if they are here to create an environment for us to make the necessary changes and decisions we need to make?
Ask Better Questions
Instead of asking why this is happening to us, we may need to ask a better question. Maybe what we should really be asking is, what can I learn from this? What is the Universe trying to tell me?
Look back at your greatest times of growth. What events led up to it? What storms came to clear your path?
Storms are a metaphor for trauma in our lives. However, we can weather the storm and see the following steps as an opportunity to build.
Shifting the storm’s intent in our minds allows us to have more of an open mind about the purpose the storm is actually serving.
Not all storms are meant to disrupt our lives; some are intended to humble us, make us stronger, and give us the required tools to start afresh.
In life, we will encounter several types of storms, but not all will disrupt our life. We sometimes need a disruption in our pattern to see the situation from a different light, learn and grow into our best selves.
This, Too, Shall Pass!
When we’re in the middle of something terrible, it always feels like this misery will last forever. That’s our natural reaction — preparing us for the worst.
But in doing so, we almost always forget that nothing in this life is permanent. Everything is bound to change. Even our worst times will eventually turn into good times if we give it more time.
When a storm comes into our lives, it is unpredictable and unexpected. Our natural reaction is to fight it. But a storm demands that we make changes, learn, grow, and progress. Instead of asking about why this is happening to us, maybe we need to ask a better question: what can I learn from this?
In the end, remember that nothing in this life is permanent, and this storm will also pass, giving way to a beautiful sunrise.