Mr. Blue Sky
October 18, 2011
It was 14 degrees that morning, with a light snow. The pre-dawn sky looked gray. It was bitterly cold with a wind blowing. The end of February was upon the Midwest ... and it was one of those days you wanted to hibernate indoors. On most mornings at this time, I would have been driving to the train station to stand out in the cold, freezing on the platform, waiting for the train to take me into Chicago.
Not today. I was headed south to Florida.
I climbed into the car and started driving, and didn't stop until I was 970 miles away from Naperville IL, in a town called Valdosta, GA. I had noticed the weather improving as I drove south, but didn't pay much attention at the time. I fell into a hotel room after a 17-hour drive and slept soundly.
BLUE SKIES RULE
The next morning, I paid the hotel bill, walked outside and that's when it hit me. I looked up and there was not a cloud in the sky ... 65 degrees, headed to a high of 73. The birds were singing. The grass was green. I had walked out and into a beautiful, glorious day. Similar to some of the April and May weekends you would see in the Midwest. It was hard to fathom in February. How could it be so beautiful here? Rather than freezing, here was a day where you would want to be outside. The sun was so bright and warm ... it was brilliant. My mood was immediately lifted.
This brought back memories of the ELO song "Mr, Blue Sky" from the '70s. Jeff Lynne of ELO was in the Swiss Alps after a two-week period of writer's block. It had been raining and bad weather for his entire stay. One day the bad weather lifted, the skies turned blue, and the beautiful Swiss Alps appeared under glorious sunshine. He immediately wrote "Mr, Blue Sky," which became a Top 40 hit and lives on today as one of the most uplifting songs in rock 'n' roll history. If you want to get pumped up sometime, just listen to that song. It is powerful.
FIND YOUR BLUE SKY
When it is dark and gray somewhere, it is bright and cheerful somewhere else. That's just universal law. On that day, I found the Blue Sky in a small town in Georgia headed south, and it had a tremendous impact on me. Jeff Lynne found his Blue Sky in the Swiss Alps.
Somewhere in your life, you have your Blue Sky place. No matter what that Blue Sky place is, if you can get there, you can free your writer's block, your obstructions ... and become energized. Don't hang out where you are half-powerful. Be where you are all-powerful. Whatever it takes, get there.
You will produce your greatest achievements where you feel best. That may be a location, a certain type of weather, being close to family, being far away from something you don't like, or being very close to something you do like. It doesn't have anything to do with blue, or even skies. It is a metaphor for getting to your "zone" of achievement.
Find YOUR Blue Sky, and increase your success in life.