Lesson from Peru: When a five star rain poncho just won’t cut it!

We have seen some real power from the elements recently on this planet. We had our own brush while on the Amazon River in September. What started as a leisurely skiff ride down some tributaries, turned life altering when a storm surprised us.

Later, while sipping Pisco Sours back aboard the river boat, we realized we had quite the story to tell.

 

 

Later, while sipping Pisco Sours back aboard the river boat, we realized we had quite the story to tell.

It would be about our harrowing skiff ride across a lake, through a blinding lightening storm, and the trust and surrender that ultimately was our personal lesson that day.

Earlier in the week, there had been storms off in the distance – about 8 – 11kms away (if my count of Mississippi were timed properly). These created a dance of lightening through the skies we all enjoyed.
Today was different. We had jungle rising high on either side of the river and no ability to see into the distance. When the skies turned dark and the tree tops started whipping in the wind, we knew this was going to be very different.

The driver of the skiff, Primo, grew up on the Amazon and knows it moods and changing riverbeds well. We huddled in our rain ponchos as the skies opened up and the rain poured from the skies.
He carefully picked his way through the logs in the tributary until we reached the lake we had been swimming in that afternoon that leads back to the Amazon where our River Boat was moored. The wind picked up on the open water and drove the rain. Our ponchos were doing a good job and I was enjoying this intense experience.

Then, I snuck a peak up ahead and my mouth dropped. The world seemed to disappear – there was a wall of water. We could barely see the shore as it was – this was going to be like entering a cave. This was the core of the storm. As I stared, fork lightening struck on the other side of that wall. Oh shit!

In that moment, to my very core, there was stillness…surrender.

In that moment, to my very core, there was stillness…surrender.

Whatever the next 15 minutes held was a mystery.

I was calm. Curious. And, I admit exhilarated to be in the presence of this much raw power.

Then we hit that wall of water – and the rain ponchos just didn’t cut it.

Water was running in everywhere – the wind was throwing it up in our faces and inside our ponchos. The water running off them filled our shoes. We couldn’t see or hear each other. Each of us alone in the storm, while we moved through it together.

I tried to see. I thought perhaps it was just that my glasses were being splashed. I took them off and my eyeballs were pelted with driving rain. All I could think of was how Primo must be guiding the skiff by feel – he would not be able to see either!

In a short time, Primo slowed the skiff – I can only commend his ability to trust in himself to know we had reached the edge of the lake. I could just make out the two tall sticks at the mouth of the lake that we needed to maneuver between to leave the lake while avoiding the sandbars. We slipped through and into normal rain. A normal storm, and the beautiful sight of the Delphin II lit up awaiting our arrival.

I could taste the Pisco Sours already. We made it. Not sure if I would ever be dry again. But we made it.

As a shared experience, it was enlightening to hear everyone tell their own version of the story. It was big for us all. I started to recognize the feeling that I sometimes have in my business. I also realized that surrender and trust is required here too, in my every day world. That its possible to navigate through anything if I just become quiet and trust my own inner navigator. There isn’t anything she hasn’t seen already, or can’t handle.

Where in your world are you needing to surrender and trust in your own experience and intuition to move you through? Where do you need to just become quiet inside to move through to the other side of your storm? I invite you to do just that – who knows, it may even be fun!

Karen and Jeff

4 replies
    • Karen
      Karen says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting Karen! You are so right – lessons are everywhere. We can lean in and be pro-active or learn than in hindsight. Choices, choices – lol

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    • Karen
      Karen says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting Mary! I agree! Exhilaration starts at the edge of our comfort zone. It was so amazing to actually enjoy the experience knowing that we were in good hands and that no amount of worry would change a thing – such freedom in that moment!

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