When the storms of life are raging, we should become quiet and still during those moments. The saying, easy does it has great meaning as we gently wait for the tide to change.
In the movie Forrest Grump, Lieutenant Dan was hanging onto the mast of a ship during a storm. He was ranting and raving against the gods because he had lost both of his legs during the war. He had once been a healthy, vibrant man who was in command of many other soldiers.
But time teaches us that after we have lost emotional control over some situation, the only things achieved are a racing heart and a loss of equilibrium. After all of the railings, the situation remains the same.
So in order to Live Through It as James Fortune sings, we must make an attitude adjustment and take things in our stride. Our elders advised us to take things as they come because as Ray Charles once said, “It’s gon’ do what it’s gon’ do.”
It takes time to see and understand the lessons and blessings that will come out of the turbulence. There will be a silver lining, if we are gentle with ourselves and remain calm.
Rudyard Kipling said it beautifully in his poem If, when he wrote, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.” We will develop patience and we can better wait and trust that Spirit knows what it is doing.
Relax and let the gentle breezes of time have their way. In the meantime, post a few prolific lines around the house which can serve as encouragers.
St. Francis de Sales wrote, “When you encounter difficulties or contradictions, do not try to break them, bend them with gentleness and time.” Invite the gentle breezes to come in and breathe!
Lynn M. February 20, 2016