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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain.






Enduring Life's Storms...

Living in the mid-west, I grew up enduring many of "Mother Nature's" storms. When I was four or five, my grandfather noticed how fearful I was during a severe thunder and lightning storm.  He gently took my hand and suggested we go “watch the show" then walked me to the front porch where we took a seat on the porch swing. My tiny hand in my dear grandfather’s large, warm hand reassured me I would be safe, even during the storm.

One of the things I loved about growing up was hanging out on our covered front porch with family and friends. A wooden swing, held by a linked chain, hung from the porch roof. The swing faced the street and provided hours of entertainment and relaxation and, on this stormy day, I found comfort and a new perspective.

I remember my grandfather’s soft, deep voice giving me what was almost like a sports commentary while we sat in the swing watching the rain fall and lightning light up the sky followed by loud cracking thunder.

"Listen to that rain coming down Lucy.  Oh, there's a flash of lightning.  Let's count to see how many seconds before the thunder follows."  His calmness and certainty of knowing what would follow brought peace and made a fun game of what was once frightening and unknown.  To this day, I love watching storms; from a place of safety.

How easy it is to allow anxiety and fear of the unknown to fuel emotional turmoil within us.  Storms come into our lives in many ways such as physical, emotional, spiritual and financial challenges.  Storms can last for days, weeks, months and even years. 

We all experience times when things don't go quite right and we wonder if there is a dark cloud over us. Enjoy this amazing video clip from Manhattan, KS to see what a serious storm cloud looks like:
*Awesome Video - 9/26/2010 Storm Clouds at K-State / FL game!

Personally, with all the storms I've weathered, I'd say I have master’s degree in Meteorology! Let's be real - Relationships, career, physical challenges are storms that can shake anyone and everyone's world.  The key is to accept the challenge and remember a few things to help you weather the storm:
  • Storms are temporary; they come and they go
  • Storms are inevitable; everyone experiences them
  • Storms provide great lessons; learn from them
  • Storms get your priorities in order; IMMEDIATELY
  • Storms provide the opportunity for growth; rebuilding
  • Storms develop and strengthens one's character
  • Storms bring people together; community and humanitarianism
When I'm in the midst of a storm, there are a few things I've learned to do to assess the situation rather than spiral out of control.  We do have control, so finding ways to deal with storms before, during, and afterward is key to your well-being.

If you would like to learn ways to make the storms more bearable and grow from them, I'd highly recommend you invest in TCOY (taking care of you). I recommend the excellent books I've listed below to my clients, which you may also find helpful.  I am currently taking on a few new clients and welcome the opportunity to help you weather your storms. 

Like my grandfather did for me, I want you see the value the storm brings into our life. I understand the pain; yet, I also know it is temporary and, if you choose to, you will grow as a result of the storm. May you enjoy the next rainstorm with a different perspective for there is good that comes from the storm. Be Strong my friend! 
Until next month...TCOY!

Coach Lucy

Additional tidbits to help you through the storms:


More TCOY tidbits...

 

Further Reading

Peaks & Valley's
  Spencer Johnson
 
Three Feet from Gold
  Sharon Lechter & Greg Reid

Avalanche - A modern parable
  Steve Sanduski & Ron Carson

Rebuilding from Ground Zero
 Seni Hazzan

~~QUOTES TO NOTE~~
 
We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives. Some lessons are painful, some are painless. But, all are priceless. Unknown
 
If you’re uncomfortable all the time it may be because you are in a place and time of GROWTH.
Coach Lucy

Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside while you are still alive.
Tupac Shakur

Strength from Scripture:
 

Jesus Rebukes the Storm Matthew 8:23-26



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