Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Dark, angry clouds can create turbulence. They can, at times, be the harbingers of thunderstorm or cloudbursts that bring about destruction and mayhem, while at other times fleeting scattered clouds can add hues and shades to the orange sunset sky.
Similarly, adversities and challenges in life can either cause havoc and chaos in your life or add the colours of experience to your life, depending on how you face them.
The quote refers to being in the state of mind wherein you become aware of your feelings, to the extent that the ups and downs of life no longer perturb, distress or frighten you, but you accept them as a part of your life and look upon them as opportunities to learn from.
Here are some other of my favourite quotes by Tagore:
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough.
Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
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