A squall.

A fair day.  All seems well.  Then you look upwind and see it coming at you.  It is dark, fast and threatening.  It moves differently to the cyclonic wind.  It is more aggressive, jerky, and hits the sea from a high angle.  You face three choices.  You can drop your sails, batten down and ride it out, as long as you are in the open, far from a lee shore.  You can run to the side, tighten your sail, steer full and bye, try to let it slide by, get around it.  But it can change direction, and come after you.  Finally, you could turn and run downwind.  Run directly away from it.  Probably the most dangerous course, because if it catches you there is the danger you will broach.

So, what to do?  Absorb the fury, front up to it, or run away?

A squall is a wind, but maybe a squall can be a person in your life.  How do you deal with those you threaten you and yours?

This I do know, you can’t avoid them!

Mr Tambourine Man (Excerpt); by Bob Dylan

Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

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