The delightful Pauline from Living in Paradise has invited me to take part in a 3-day Quote Challenge. I’ve made it to Day 3. Yay! You can see my Day 1 quote post here and my Day 2 quote post here. Instead of a final quote, I am going to finish off with a proverb. You know what it is already, because I have used it as the title of this post:
“All sunshine and no rain makes a desert.”
From an Arab Proverb
The All Sunshine and No rain Makes A Desert proverb has a particular significance for me. It is my mantra and guide.
I used to fly regularly for work (I didn’t do the flying. I was a passenger). Several times, my plane encountered severe storms and turbulence, and in the process I developed a flying phobia. To their credit, my employer supported me to do a fear-of-flying course, run by one of our airlines. The course was very comprehensive. I learnt all about weather systems, how weather affects flight, and how planes are designed to cope with severe weather. I learnt about air-traffic control, pilot training, and safety systems, the whole works. Did you know that in an emergency, it should take only 90 seconds to evacuate a large aircraft?
Importantly, I also learned a number of breathing and relaxation techniques to manage my anxiety. I included the proverb in my “relaxation” palm cards. It put everything in perspective. We need rain to sustain and for sustenance. I live on a dry continent and rain is critical to re-charge the rivers and aquifers upon which we rely. I found that if I focused on this when I was flying, rather than on my fear, I was much calmer.
Initially, I took the proverb quite literally, but the saying has many layers of meaning. At least, it does for me. George Bernard Shaw said “Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.” That is fine, but I’m not brave. How do I take courage? Some take courage in their faith in God. For me, I have faith that with the support of my friends and family, and the skills I learned in my fear-of-flying course, I can meet many of life’s inevitable challenges, as well as have the courage to contribute to making the world a better place for us all.
As I am putting my faith in an Arab Proverb, and as it is also currently Ramadan, I want to take this opportunity to wish my Muslim friends and readers, “Ramadan Mubarak”. Thank you for your support.
Finally, instead of nominating other bloggers to participate in the challenge, I’m going to suggest other blogs, which I love. I invite you to check them out, if you haven’t already:
- the delightful Pauline from Living in Paradise, who invited me to participate in this challenge, and who had the courage to pack her bags and spend six years exploring this beautiful country, thus finding paradise wherever she went;
- the wonderful Martha Kennedy from I’m a Writer, Yes, I Am!, who writes courageously, and with warmth and sincerity, about all manner of issues, including her doubts and uncertainties about many of life’s challenges; and
- the lovely Dawn bird from A Shared Space, whose tips on how to live thoughtfully and whose photographs of the beautiful Aussie outback, are like little moments of Zen.
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