I Advise You To Find A Very Large Umbrella

BlutoDear Modern Philosopher,

What do you do when the dark clouds won’t go away?

Drowning in Darkness


Dear Drowning,

As you know, I have often been trailed by the dark clouds, but I always manage to give them the slip.  It takes patience, and some work on your part, but I assure you the sunshine will eventually return.

I advise you to find a very large umbrella.  This is, of course, a metaphorical umbrella, so you can make it as large as you need it to be.

Use that umbrella to shield you from the dark clouds.  I know it won’t make things any brighter, but not being able to see those menacing harbingers of ill will constantly hovering overhead will definitely raise your spirits.

I’m writing this reply under the shade of the world’s largest metaphorical umbrella.  Not only has it been a difficult week for me, but today is also the birthday of The Girl Who Left Me Behind.  The dark clouds have been following me around literally and figuratively…I got soaked on my morning run when the actual dark clouds dumped rain on me.

As always, I survived.  While my heart might be the most fragile object known to man, I have developed a tough outer shell over the years.  A little water isn’t going to melt me, and the perpetual presence of the dark clouds is not going to get me down.

largeMy umbrella is made up mostly of writing…I’ve thrown myself fully into that this weekend…but other parts involve puttering around the house working on a project to make The House on the Hill warmer for the Winter.  I’ve also spent time in the kitchen whipping up a giant pot of chili, that I’m looking forward to enjoying all week.  And then there’s the kitties, who make me smile and love to cuddle under the umbrella with me.

So just find a big umbrella to use until the sky clears.  It always works for me.

I like to tell myself it’s always darkest before that amazing thing happens to light up your life so brightly that you need to wear sunglasses at night.

Hang in there.  I promise you’ll need sunglasses soon.


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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32 Responses to I Advise You To Find A Very Large Umbrella

  1. ksfinblog says:

    The warm sunshine of a lazy Sunday…… 😛

  2. For a moment, I thought it was a reply to one of my blogs. I am happy with umbrella otherwise I would not be able to mingle w people and carry out an ordinary life so they think.

  3. grannyK says:

    I like your positive energy, even if it might be a little forced. I hope the skies clear for you soon.

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  5. floridaborne says:

    Aha! You, too, live under the rainbow umbrella of writing. 🙂

  6. D.H. Rotmil says:

    I think you need the clouds. They allow you to understand the depths, so when the sun comes out again, the sunshine is even more beautiful. Hang in there.

  7. jerryofcali says:

    Thank you for this…it was a nice needed little ray of sun.

  8. List of X says:

    The best thing about an umbrella is that sometimes just having it ready can prevent the rain.

  9. rowanaliya says:

    Austin. Though love time. First. When it’s sunny you can go blind. Who wants that? Everything in high contrast, that gets old and unsettling to look at. Second. It’s not black is it? There is still light. You can see the nuances. The shades of grey. Not to be mistaken with the horrible book series. Everything is softer.

    Finally, I know you are probably getting sick of me saying this, but try meditation. It has really changed my life and how I experience my emotions. Listen to a few of Jeff Kober’s lectures if you get time: http://jeffkobermeditation.com/lectures/ You may still decide it’s not for you, but then again who knows. It will have cost you nothing but a little quiet time.

  10. markbialczak says:

    Yes, Austin, bit metaphorical umbrellas can protect us from so much. Great advice, sir. Once in a while, I use a Columbia jacket in the real world, with a ballcap under the hood. 🙂

  11. Kitties. Get a kitty. Or a puppy. Their undying love and devotion will make you see the world with different eyes. PS…Chicks and dudes love people with pets….

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