“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ... Bernice Johnson Reagon
I am on an amazing journey. Like my favourite stories and movies my adventure has the most remarkable high points and the scariest low points. I have floundered through loss, struggled with faith, overcome unbelievable odds and gloried in awesome love. Every day my journey turns another corner and every morning I watch, with bated breath, to see what Life will be depositing at my doorstep today.
Some days … like yesterday … news comes to the house which sparks up my fears and old patterns of believing and behaving. On those days I travel along well-known paths. I pass by sad or scary landmarks that I recognize but hardly ever use anymore. I sit on park benches in my inner landscape and contemplate “the news” and explore its many and varied possible outcomes and then I write in my journal, talk to friends and come to resolution. Happily, yesterday’s news drove me to let go – at least temporarily – of a whole bunch of my old fears and to remember my connectedness to Life and my faith that It will not be letting me down anytime soon!
I’m growing less afraid of the storms of life … having survived so many of them. I seem to have collected a goodly supply of very pretty metaphoric umbrellas and galoshes to help bring a little ray of sunshine into said stormy times. More often these days I am recognizing the presence of incipient challenging times looming on the horizon … and that recognition gives me time to mentally prepare for the onslaught. I must admit, though that sometimes they just seem to spring up out of nowhere and when that happens I’m left giving my head a shake in their wake and wondering what the heck just happened.
I think that all of this weather watching and sailing through life has taught me that despite what I used to believe: it seems that I really can deal with just about anything. Oh … and just so that we are crystal-clear Universe … no this is not a challenge nor an invitation for more storms!! It’s exciting to me to see that I’m stronger than I ever imagined I was and that I seem to have a really good intuitive grasp of thriving. “Thanks Life for delivering such awesome lessons to me so that I could rediscover the Me who lives inside” … What a trip! … Still … all things considered … next time I think I’ll sign up for sailing lessons in a nice, quiet, peaceful cove instead … Would someone bring out the pink drinks with the little umbrellas in them please? … and don’t hold back on the ice …
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying!