Julie felt like she was cold and alone in a dark and stormy ocean. It felt like she was desperately treading water and each new wave threatening to take her last breath away. She frantically tried to stay afloat but the more she struggled the more it felt like her energy was draining away. Feeling alone, weary and worn out she wasn’t sure how much longer she could carry on.
Then she glanced round and caught sight of her husband John. She was surprised to see that he was only a few meters away. He’d been right there all along. She could see that he was also struggling in the stormy sea. He too was exhausted and just like her he was striving to stay afloat but the life was going out of his eyes and she knew he was losing the battle.
As they caught each others eye they swam towards each other, reaching out and connecting at last. Their embrace felt so warm and comforting and with that connection they felt the strength of being together. They were still in the cold, stormy ocean but now they were both able to stay afloat by supporting each other.
As they embraced, battling the elements that were assaulting them, they were now able to look up and around to see more. As they did they noticed an empty rowing boat bobbing in the stormy ocean only a short distance away. Swimming to this beacon of hope John was able to help Julie climb up and into it and then Julie was able to reach down to pull John up. In the boat they both felt the immense, sweet relief of feeling some security and safety from the stormy sea. Not a lot, but enough to make the difference that they desperately needed.
Being in the security of the boat they were able to work together to row towards the glimmer of sunshine they could see in the distance poking through the heavy dark clouds. When Julie was tired John took the oars to row and when John needed to rest Julie was able to so they continued moving forward. In this way, working collectively, supporting each other they made real progress towards where they needed to go, together.
Before long the storm blew itself out and the once stormy water that had threatened to engulf them now seemed calm and tranquil. The dark clouds and biting wind gave way to sunshine and blue skies with the sounds of birds calling above.
Working together, supporting each other, they rowed through the storm to find the sunshine and with that they reached their destination of safety and security. They could both enjoy the taste of relief, accomplishment and success. Surviving this arduous experience meant they were both much stronger for weathering the storm together.
Often when we find ourselves battling a situation, where we feel all alone it is not always easy to see how we will ever find a way out. In these difficult times we might feel the people closest to us are part of the problem. Though by reaching out and connecting we find that we share so much more and together a solution can be found.
By expressing our vulnerabilities, connecting with others, working together, supporting those around us and being supported we are capable of achieving what we thought of as impossible. You also expand your horizons to achieve so much more in the future ahead.