When you look at a person, you may not be able to tell if they are struggling just based off of their appearance. But if you look closely, you can see it in their eyes. There’s a glaze coating their gaze that signals conflict within. You can see a storm in their eyes. Those who are internally free from their own self criticism and allow grace to soften the grip of worry have a certain brightness in their eyes… one that offers engagement and connection with anyone they come across. They have the mental space to offer their attention to others because they are not consumed with their own storm within. It is reassuring to know that even in the midst of grey clouds, when all you are able to see is the rain falling and the sky darkening, you are only a short distance away from a clear sky. Maybe all you need is a day, a call, a moment of self compassion, or an opportunity to understand something better to realize that your storm wasn’t as powerful as you initially thought. I’ve learned that things are never as bad or complicated as they seem in the moment. God is watching from above, smiling as you step closer and closer to your clear sky. It’s a choice you can make everyday… to walk around with clarity in your eyes, compassion in your smile, and peace within. It is easier said than done.. but it’s worth striving for.