I have always liked that expression because it reminds me of when I was a child. As a little girl I had an acute sense of when something was about to happen. I would wait eagerly as my intuition awaited a ripple in the status quo. Sometimes, nothing happened. Other times, I was right, and thrived on the thrill of my insightful talent. So, in speaking about the aforementioned phenomenon, the expression--the calm before the storm--it fit perfectly. Those who know of changes coming, or at least sense a change coming, will say this: Oh now, look! This is the calm before a storm. Is this a true phenomenon?
In literature, we call this a bildungsroman, or a right of passage, usually founded in youth, from early stages to progressive maturity. But once people mature, we assume there are no more rights of passage to experience. This is not true. Changes or passages happen throughout life. We go through new fire patches every so often in life, and we have to walk over the coals or we cannot get to the other side, which means: we stop growing, we become stunted and we never experience the beauty of emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth.
The only way this can happen is for us to walk fully into that sense of change from out of our calm and learn what it is our spirit is trying to teach us about ourselves. Most of the time, all of us feel a bit frightened over the idea of a storm coming, and we put on defenses, like a coat, or a sweater. But in the case of an emotional storm, we put on defenses like affairs, or arguments and blame on others, or excessive spending or purchases, and sometimes as simply as drinking, eating, or movie-going just a bit excessively. It's all a ruse to keep from passing the calm, and moving into the storm. The beautiful thing about storms is this: There is always a calm in the eye of the storm, and that is true of rights of passage, too. It's called an epiphany--and it's a glorious realization indeed.