The Stormy Seasons of Life


I came across this quote today from Japanese author Haruki Murakami:

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

Living in South Dakota, we have storms year round. Blizzards, softball sized hail, tornadoes, 80+ MPH winds, pretty much everything but a hurricane itself. It’s a fact of life here. They’ll show up, some stuff will inevitably be destroyed, and then the sun shines after and allows for the cleanup to begin. Sometimes it’s a while before the next storm and other times it’s only a couple of hours. But they keep coming.

It’s true for our lives too. I’m only a couple of weeks from another scan. I can see those puffy clouds forming that can mean a stormy night is approaching. The thing is, they don’t mean there’s going to be a storm. The next stormy night in my life will very likely NOT be because of cancer to be honest. It’s likely to be something that’s not even in the forecast but my brain is conditioned to see those clouds and think the worst.

You’ve likely got something similar in your life. Take a minute to really think. What puffy clouds start popping up that make you think a storm is coming? What do you do when you see them?

For me, my first instinct is to shutter everything and be ready for that F-5 tornado. Once it’s happened, it’s impossible to forget about it after all. As soon as we do that though, we’ve created our own storm. Now we’re guaranteed one storm, of our own doing, and MAYBE the other one that we feared.

Don’t create your own storm. See those puffy clouds, look at the forecast, and prepare. After that, though, keep living. Know that you’re prepared and then move on to whatever you’ve got going on that allows you to enjoy your life. You truly never know when the storm will roll in so don’t let IT dictate your day.

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