Truth Storm


Walking toward my car from the store, I noticed the current in the atmosphere. There was a fullness to the air. Looking around, the sky seemed bigger than usual. Something was brewing, being stirred up. Before my mind could register what was going on, my body knew it.

I could tell that nature was going to have its big fat way no matter how inconvenient it might be for the world. That’s the way it is.


Sometimes, I can’t help it, I just have to share the experience with complete strangers…“Isn’t this awesome? You can really feel it in the air. This is going to be a big one. Did you see that lightening?” Most of the time, this creates a moment of human connection. Sometimes, it makes people look at me with a wan smile.

That pre-storm time is magical to me. Especially when the lightening and wind are whipping through and the rain hasn’t caught up yet. I want to swing in a swing and feel all of the elements swirling around me. It makes me feel giddy happy. There is anticipation in the air. Like something wonderful is about to happen. Or sort of like I might become a werewolf at any minute.

I futilely try to hold on to some of this immenseness and wonder by taking pictures.IMG_1474

And then a break in the trees in the shape of a heart reminds me to just be. Be still in myself so I can feel it. A storm cannot be summoned. Or held. It just is. It follows its own path. No pretense. No manipulation. No expectation. No obligation. Truth. It is what it is. To be in its presence is an awesome, powerful gift.

Do you like storms?

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  1. Velvet Dodge Matinnia says:

    Lovely blog, Annie, just lovely.
    And very timely for me, I’m rebalancing my life.
    This particular post appeals to me. I’ve always had a hard time describing this feeling to others,
    too often not being understood. Love the analogy with truthfulness! Thanks for the validation and putting it so simply and elegantly.

    May the ‘force’ be with you!

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks, Velvet! Love your name! I am so happy that I was able to connect some words with your feeling. Happy to hear you are rebalancing – I feel like I am constantly doing that too!

  2. I love a good storm – as long as I’m tucked inside with a book, a fire and a big glass of wine! Oh, and candles nearby for when the power goes out 😉

  3. Taylor Beckett says:

    Love storms. Love you. Love this post. Nothing like watching the storms (especially the lightning) out over the ocean. Beautifully dramatic and powerful!

    1. annie kip says:

      You have a perfect vantage point to see from, perched on your hill! I would be up on the deck everytime, feeling it move in!

  4. Deb Gregory White says:

    Yes, I love the beginnings of storms, too … was just thinking that yesterday with the wind whipping around the warm air by the pool … lovely!!

    1. annie kip says:

      oooo – I love seeing wind whip across water like that. You are lucky!!!

  5. Ingrid says:

    I love what you write and how you articulated it
    Your musings are always spot on.
    How do I like this specific post on Facebook?

    1. annie kip says:

      Thanks, Ingrid! If you go to the bottom of the post, under the Related Posts, there is a Facebook icon. If you click on that, you will get a link that will show my post on your Facebook timeline with a chance for you to write something about it for your friends. Once it is on your page, others can “like” it as well! Let me know if you have any trouble!

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