A week ago, during the peak of Typhoon Nona, I had a realization. At night, I usually have a pretty good view of the Ortigas skyline outside my window. On this particular evening, the rains were pretty strong and I couldn’t see a single light from any of the tall buildings of the Ortigas Center. It seemed like a whole business district had disappeared.
In fact, the Ortigas center was just there. The heavy clouds and precipitation caused the lights that I was used to see to be momentarily invisible. When the rains subsided, the sight of the skyline returned.
This reminded me of a valuable lesson. The haze means nothing. Just because you don’t see something, it doesn’t mean that it is not there.
There will be times that you will be completely disheartened and filled with stress. You will feel like crap, and your objective seems to be nonexistent.
The rewards you seek, though momentarily invisible, are still there. The fruits of your effort still exist and are waiting for you to reach them. All you have to do is keep strong, and wait for the haze to clear up. You will see it again.