‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning’- Psalm 30:5.
Life deals us tough blows. We lose jobs. Family members pass away. Relationships end. Just when you think things are going well, *boom* something happens. It comes out of left field. Health issues. Money troubles. It happens to all of us no matter how successful or accomplished we are, it will happen. It is a guarantee. But it’s not what happens to you, it’s always about how you respond.
Dance In The Ashes
When I lost my job, I danced with joy. A long time ago, when I worked at a former employer, I knew my days were numbered. I was younger then, a little naïve, and not used to office politics. I thought everybody liked me and that people were professional. I learned the hard way that’s not always true. When I was let go, I was shocked. Mainly because I hadn’t done anything wrong or dishonest. But I found myself unemployed. However, when I went to church that weekend, something happened. I found myself overcome with joy because I knew that God had something better for me. I knew that wasn’t the end. It is so important to always remember the positive in any situation. If we are to overcome the battles and circumstances in life, the first step is a deep resolute belief that you will survive. That this is temporary and only a set back and not a road block.
Execute The Plan
All battles are not created equal. Some battles you win in a week. Some will take you a lifetime. And truthfully, some you will lose. Regardless of the outcome, a plan of attack is vital. The best time to plan is immediately after you dealt your hardest hit. You step back, wipe off your chin, look your obstacle square in the eye and come back stronger than ever. But you can’t swing wildly. You find a quiet space, meditate, and map out your path to victory: Who can I reach out to for advice? What are my options? What resources do I need? What resources do I currently have? What is the expected timetable? Regardless of the question and subsequent answer, you must determine which way you will go. Also develop alternatives. What you can do if the first route is unsuccessful. Is there another way to get it done? Do I need to stick to the original plan but change a few things? The answer to our questions are always answered by a ‘who’ or a ‘what’. Who it is that can help you, or what you need to do.
Time alone doesn’t heal all wounds. Only once we accept the past and come to grips with what has happened can the healing process begin. And time can wear us down. When your illness is still here years later, it wears you down. When your children are still running wild, it wears you down. When your business is still not profitable, it wears you down. But as much as it wears you down, you must bounce back. You can’t allow negative thoughts to destroy you. You must have the mindset of either I will conquer this foe or I will die trying. It is a zero-sum game. When passion burns deep inside your belly, don’t let the obstacles you encounter extinguish the flame.
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