Thoughts from Above the Clouds

May 16, 2023
By Elizabeth Saenz

On a recent flight, I overheard a flight attendant talking to a passenger about studying for his pilot’s license. He was explaining the next stage of his training: flying in cloudy weather. “Because it’s not always clear skies,” he chuckled. “But when you first learn, they only let you fly in clear weather.”

It struck me that his words were an analogy for life. 

For most of us, we only want to fly in clear weather: the conditions have to be just right for us to take off and soar. 

But what if we could train ourselves to fly in the clouds? 

What if we accepted that the weather isn’t always going to be clear, but that doesn’t mean we have to be grounded?

For me, mindset coaching helps me train for cloudy mental weather. 

It’s a way to know where I’m going even if my interior vision is impaired and the way seems unclear. 

Navigating my own mind takes skill, and I can’t do it well without consistent training. But with these tools and some experience, dark, cloudy thoughts can’t keep me grounded. I’ll navigate them confidently and soar through, because I’ll know the sun is just beyond them.


About the Author

About the Author

I’m Elizabeth Saenz, a Certified Catholic Coach through Metanoia Catholic, and I love marriage.

Ten years ago, preparing for my own marriage, I was quickly frustrated by the wealth of information and lack of practical application offered in standard marriage classes.

Then, my employer gave me a book: the only resource that offered me an insight into the challenges and joys of marriage. In “By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride,” Alice von Hildebrand describes falling in love as receiving a “Tabor Vision” of your spouse – a glimpse into his truest self, as God imagined him.

Now, armed with mindset coaching tools, I am on a mission to help other women maintain (or regain) that Tabor Vision of their spouse, particularly during the crucial first five years of marriage.

I can be found at and on Instagram @taborvision.

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