How to Weather Life’s Storms…

If I took a poll across America, I would probably wind up discovering that nearly every person that is at an age of reasoning and understanding is able to say that they have faced a situation or a storm that in its immediate state seemed devastating.  We have to be careful that we don’t look at traumatic experiences in our life’s as things that come to break us.  But rather in order to weather each storm we face, we should look at them as opportunities for advancement.
Three young ladies who are now some of my closest friends, relocated to Texas after Hurricane Katrina.  Although, it was very difficult for them to restart their life after calling New Orleans home since birth, over time, they began to get back on their feet again.  One day when we were having lunch, I asked them, “So when are you guys looking to move back to New Orleans?”  By that time they had rebuilt many of the neighborhoods and there were a great number of people who were moving back to their homes.  One of my friends replied and said, “You didn’t know?  We don’t plan on moving back to New Orleans.”  Another one of my friends interjected, “Don’t take this the wrong way but hurricane Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to us.  Long before the storm happened, we were looking for a new start in a new place but we didn’t know where to begin to get it.  If it had not been for the storm wich left us with no other choice but to move, I don’t think we would have ever stepped outside of what was familiar or comfortable to us, nor would we have had the resources afforded to us to do it!”  That day I was convinced that there is a great opportunity hidden in every storm!
Shift your paradigm.

In 1962, Thomas Kuhn wrote ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolution’.  Through this work he fathered, defined and popularized the concept of “paradigm shift”.  Today we can think of a paradigm shift in simple terms as a change from one way of thinking to another.  It is a major overhaul or a complete transformation in how we view our lives and our circumstances.  One important thing to remember is that it just doesn’t happen.  It is driven by agents of change.  An example of this would be instead of you looking at a lay off from a job as a stressor, look at it as an opportunity to start that new business that you have always wanted to begin.  Look for the opportunity for advancement in every storm.  God doesn’t take us through storms without cause.  It is up to us as we go through them to be the agent of change that shifts our own way of thinking.

Start looking for the WHAT, not the WHY.

I have seen often when people see a Christian suffer, one of the first things they assume is that there must be sin in that person’s life. But suffering is not always a result of sin.  Hardships often leave people asking why God even allows suffering.  But instead of asking “why” you’ll be better off asking “what”.  What is God up to?  What is He trying to produce in me?  God often uses suffering to build our character. It could be that God wants those who suffer to be more dependent upon Him.  Or it may be that He is trying to get our attention.  The “why” will just have to wait for someday in eternity.

Take comfort in knowing that TIME is good to everyone.
While we are going through the storm, we must take everything one day at a time.  As I talk with people on a day-to-day basis, accepting this concept seems to be the toughest with people who are struggling with the death of a loved one.  It’s important that you give yourself time to grieve that loss.  Make it a point to remember the good times and the emotions that you felt during those good times and hold on to them.  And you will soon discover that as time goes by, each day will become easier and easier to cope with the loss of your loved one.  No matter what storm you have faced, there is a brighter day coming if you can endure.  Always remember, there is a calm after the storm.

QUESTION: How can you change your way of thinking today to help you weather the storm you are facing?  Share your thoughts below in the comments!

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Rachel L. Proctor

Rachel Proctor is a productivity coach for multi-passionate entrepreneurs who struggle with taking their business ideas from the starting block to across the finish line. Through her inspiring blog posts + videos, on-demand training products and one-on-one coaching, she’s here to challenge you to take purpose-driven risks and shake up your approach to goal setting. She will show you how to turn your ideas + passions into purposeful actions to create a business that will change the world - while making every step seem effortless! And when she’s not coaching, you can find her indulging in (and highlighting) the latest John Maxwell book, watching anything on Food Network or shopping for fabulous shoes. Meet Rachel and get ready to turn your passions into to a business that will change the world at www.RachelLProctor.com.