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Getting Through the Storm

The other night we had a really wicked thunderstorm come through.  After the worst of it passed, I went out on my front porch and was able to see some of the incredible lightening that was still going strong.  Above is one example of the spectacular light show.  As I was sitting outside enjoying the cool front that had blissfully come in, I thought about our journey and realized that getting through a storm had a lot of great lessons to think about.

  • Drama, drama, drama – storms can bring a lot of drama with them; thunder, lightning, gale force winds, torrential rains and so forth. All of this drama is a reaction to 2 weather fronts colliding and the fight that takes place until one of them wins out. When we are going through change there are often competing priorities and the drama can be very similar.  When a direction has been chosen, things will eventually calm down.
  • Storms can be beautiful – while it’s scary to go through a storm, not knowing what is going to happen and what dangers may come. When you can look at a storm objectively it really can be quite beautiful. When we are in the middle of change or when we are stuck in a direction that really isn’t working for us, try to look at the situation and see what opportunities you can see.  Chances are that they are there – but it’s going to take a hard look to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Coming at you from all directions – Another reason that storms can be frightening is that you don’t know where the next strike is going to come from. It sure feels like that when life isn’t going the way we want.  Just when you think that things are getting better, another surprise can spring up out of no-where.  Try to remember, that like a storm – this will come to an end.
  • Cleaning up after the storm – some storms can bring a lot of damage, others can wonderfully wash things clean. Either way, after the storm you really have a clear direction to head in.  Sometimes it can be a need to clean, and rebuild and sometimes it can be the sigh of relief that the end. Either way, we can enjoy the new outlook that it has brought with it.  After you have made it through a big change in your life, remember to stop and reflect on the lessons learned, and use that knowledge to start designing your new path towards plenty.

I’d love to hear about storms that you have successfully made it through.  Any beautiful lessons to share with us?  Please leave a comment.

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  1. Eileen Riehle says:

    Great article, very helpful.

  2. Eileen Riehle says:

    Great article!

    1. drriehl says:

      Thank you for your comment to Designing for Plenty!

  3. I think the best way I’ve learned to cope with my storms is to look to my heroes – the ones who have lived through hell and back. It could be a fictional character, but for me, I love to remember the men who lived to create the story of “Band of Brothers”. Reminding myself that all things end, “this too shall pass,” helps me to see through the dark times

    1. drriehl says:

      Absolutely! Thanks for the great food for thought.

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