Thanks for joining me today. This is my 100th post on the website and it’s been just over a year since my ideas about The Process came to life. After months of putting together my first book it is almost ready for you to read (final design of pages, and distribution are under way). I am excited to share a few ideas that I think will help you on your journey. Whether you are 19 years old and in college trying to figure out what you want to do, are in your 30s looking for a career shift, or perhaps you are in an even later phase of your life and are looking to do something more, I believe I might be able to help you help yourself.
This past weekend I tended to a few ailing young athletes at our Saturday morning injury clinic. It was a fulfilling morning that involved caring for a few football players with concussions, a couple of ankle injuries, one too many fractures that needed to be placed in a cast, and the nightmarish torn ACL of the knee. It felt like it was “raining” patients. And then I looked outside. The clouds were moving in.
I was able to make it home just before the rain started coming down. I met up with my family and joined my girls on their way to their music lessons. As we drove in to the parking lot, a torrential downpour set in and the parking lot began to flood.
Rain like this symbolizes a lot about how life goes: things are quiet, you are doing well, and then BOOM! Things that you are not ready to handle coming flying at you from out of nowhere. Life becomes challenging. You prepare yourself, but then you realize perhaps you are not as prepared as you could have been. You left the boots, the umbrella, and raincoat at home. You just did your hair. And now you are about to get wet. Of course you will dry off, but it is the furthest thing from your mind. You are upset and eager to get past this obstacle.
Think of the unexpected like a rainstorm, but instead of shunning it, welcome it. Look at it as a refreshing opportunity. See it is a way to start over. A washing away of your frustrations if you will.
It will not last forever. Here in Texas, it might last two minutes, maybe 10, or maybe it will persist with thunder and lightning. It will eventually stop. But until it stops, see it as an opportunity for growth. A chance to stop what you are doing. A point in the busyness of life to just stop and reflect, to be mindful, to seek hope. I don’t think I will ever look at rain the same way again. Let if pour. It just means I will have more time for cleansing, and plenty more water to plant new seeds for growth.
Blessings to you on the days ahead.