Aftermath

6 Nov

Weather is unpredictable. We might be enjoying a completely sunny day, when suddenly dark clouds roll in and a storm begins to blow. There might be advanced warning so we can prepare, but things can change quickly and unexpectedly, and we may get caught in a deluge without cover. The same is true in our personal lives. One moment we’re sailing along on a clear road, easily moving toward our goals, and then something happens that completely changes the landscape ahead. When everything suddenly turns upside down it’s hard to gain our footing and figure out exactly what to do. But we are intelligent and capable, and there isn’t any problem so complex or daunting that can hold us in place indefinitely. All the answers we need will always be there for us, and with patience and focus, we’ll find them. That doesn’t mean we won’t suffer or need time to recover after the worst is over. Some things can change our lives so dramatically that we cannot return to where we were. The aftermath of a storm may leave 100 year old trees knocked to the ground, and flood waters in places that have never seen them before. If our lives are so altered by events out of our control, that we are turned around and facing a completely new direction, the aftermath may leave us scarred and unsure. The future may seem intimidating and we may have no idea how to proceed. Getting pushed off course and turned around will make it hard to discern the road ahead. We can take our time and stand still until we can see clearly where we want to go. Having to travel on a new road will not prevent us from reaching any goal we desire. There are endless roads to every destination, and we have everything we need to reach them.

Everyone wants an easy life. We may think it would be perfect if every road was clear and nothing got in our way. It would certainly be easier to move forward if there were no obstacles, but if all our goals were easy to reach, we would lose the great experience that trials bring us. When we get stopped, we must re-think our plans and find answers to help us start again. Every experience gives us new skills to carry forward and enables us to reach success more easily. Trouble will come to us all, and valuing what we’re learning as we navigate through whatever problem we’re facing will help us understand ourselves and the world around us.

We may face a situation that is so intense and negative it changes the way we see ourselves and our future lives. What was once possible may be gone and where we were headed may no longer work. Every storm has an aftermath. How it affects our lives may be out of our control. That doesn’t mean we can’t be successful, but our success may look completely different than when we started.

Today if something has happened that has completely upended your plans, and you’re facing a new direction, trust yourself. There isn’t anything you can’t manage. Success is still there for you and you will reach it. Look at everything clearly and decide how you want to proceed. Every destination is possible and your will prevail.

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