Batten Down the Hatches…and Give Thanks!

Ink on Watercolor Paper – Words: Henry Ward Beecher

We got trouble, right here in River City! Gotta love it when you can quote show tunes to emphasize your point! That’s from The Music Man and it perfectly portrays how we all feel when trouble strikes. We got trouble right here and we have to deal with it now. Whew! When that moment hits it has the power to bring us to our knees and often does.

Some of us panic first, evaluate second. Some of us shutdown, some of us gear up, and others calmly organize and plan while freaking out inside. And sometimes all we can do is stare into the great divide with a blank stare hoping that the trouble is NOT what we think or know that it is. However we react trouble is at our door and walking into our lives. Ugh!

This quote reminds me that troubles are what make us after they break us. They overwhelm and may seem to crush us, when their real purpose it to build and develop us. That seems rather contrary? Yep, it is. If you ask anyone why they are the way they are, there is probably a story behind their character that describes the circumstances of how and why and where they became…their origin story. It is our troubles, strife and life experiences that make us because in the end none of that broke us, it built us!

The hard part is seeing that when trouble enters and crushes your very existence. I have learned and remind myself often that this too shall pass…it might feel like a kidney stone along the way, yet it will pass. And once it’s gone I will be a better me because of it. So today as I deal with whatever troubles come my way I will quietly give thanks for the lessons I am learning KNOWING that in a couple months this will make a really great story, my story, the one I tell when people ask me why I am the way I am.

In the midst of chaos, hold on, batten down the hatches…and give thanks!

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