Some days you just need to sit and let the storm pass. I am sitting here at Starbucks trying to do my check ledger assignment that my financial advisory told me to do, and naturally I daydreaming out the window. It is snowing. Nothing special, no winter storm advisory type snow, or lets build a snow man snow. Just snow. It is very still, yet very chaotic. I made me think about how relaxing it is to just watch the storm pass by.
We all hit storms. Life is not all sunflowers and daisy’s. Some of us get caught in worse storms than others. Some of us even have to stay in storms longer than others. I think that those of us that are in that long tedious storm tend to get so caught up in the destruction, that we forget to see the things that survive.
I went to school in a po dunk town in Kansas. I learned quickly that I am terrified of wind. Tornadoes are one of my biggest fears in life. Their unpredictability, their strength, and shier terror give me goose bumps just thinking about them. I learned quickly that you cannot predict the storm, but you can prepare for it. (It is funny because I gave my maid of honor speech for my best friends (from Kansas) wedding on this very topic. Though that is a story for another day it is funny how things come full circle.)
The whole point is you cannot predict when bad things are going to happen, but they do. You can either focus on what it takes away (your home) or you can focus on what survived (your family). Tough times are inevitable, but we have the tools to survive them. I have the tools now to fix my finances. I may be in a hurricane of financial debt but I now know how to weather this storm and survive it. I am not focusing on what I am losing any more, I am focused on what I can save. What I can gain from this. This storm will not define me.
I am going to survive this storm. Now that I am prepared, I can relax and let the storm pass.