If we had no winter, spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet
I have heard when it rains it pours. I have also heard there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Now that I think about it, I’m constantly reminded that all things happen for a reason. Every time I heard such phrases it was in the midst of a bad situation or a series of unfortunate events.
Why hasn’t someone coined a phrase that reminds me that when it rains it was necessary, the light at the end of the tunnel is the same light at the beginning of the tunnel, or the reason for whatever is happening does not always have to make sense?
The leadership thought this week focuses on the fact that this new year we will be presented with highs and lows, surprises and disappointments, good times and bad. Rather than wait till something unfortunate happens only to then invoke the power of the clever phrase to get us through, we should anticipate certain things happening and get our recovery tools in order.
In other words, be prepared. Have an umbrella on hand for the rainy days, flashlight for the dark days, and a good laugh ready in waiting when something out of the ordinary decides to make a surprise appearance.
My challenge to you this week is to restock your personal emergency tool kit. Ensure you have a few strong relationships intact to help you see through the dark days and cover your back when it decides to rain. Disappointment doesn’t have to linger long or cause us to lose focus for a prolonged period of time.
Chalk up the event as ‘life’ happening, embrace it, learn from it, and move on. Start today with a hearty laugh about something in recent history that didn’t go as planned. Rejoice in the fact that you have learned from the experience and it hasn’t repeated itself!