When It Rains
Oh no, my alarm didn’t want to get up this morning!
I jump out of bed, still tired and blurry-eyed, and start walking to the shower. Along the way, I find the door with my toe, OUCH! Hobbling to enter the shower, I turn on the water. Brrrrrr!! A freezing cold stream of spray comes out, and I find that I am flailing my hands and arms about in an attempt to shut off the shower. The freezing water keeps bouncing off me until I can find the hot faucet to get that Goldilocks effect, “just right.”
Still blurry-eyed and now shivering, I reach for the shampoo; whoa, whoa, fumble, it slips out of my hands, and I’ll be danged if it doesn’t hit my already-pounding toe. I reach to pick it up, get all washed off, and step out of the shower to reach for the towel, and my foot slips, and I find myself almost in the splits, but the towel catches the hook and keeps me from a certain trip to the emergency room.
I get dressed, rush to the kitchen, grab a coffee, and hop in the truck to get to work. As I reach to put my coffee in the drink holder, I hit the steering wheel and spill scalding hot coffee on my pants; brushing my pants off, I realize I have put on a brown sock and a black sock, ugh.
Oh, did I mention the ‘check engine’ light starts glowing on the dashboard? I will just have to deal with it at lunch.
I get into the office, and I realize in the midst of it all I have forgotten my briefcase with my phone and computer; *sigh* I sit down—say it with me, “when it rains, it pours.”
Today is a lesson in resilience. Bouncing back. Resilience is the ability to cope with and recover from setbacks.
In situations like this morning, I will prove my character and shape my decisions, thinking, and actions for the day. Resilience is the mental reservoir of strength that I call on in times of need, so I don’t fall apart.
Believe me, it is not adversity that strengthens people—it is the “process” of facing life, learning, and persevering.
Resilience is not something that you are born with. Resilience develops as “we” grow, gain knowledge, better thinking, and emotional maturity.
In the big playbook, Jesus gave us a key to being resilient, “In the world, you have tribulation, trials, distress, and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted!] For I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33 AMPC
Even in the face of events that seem unimaginable, resilience teaches us to marshal our strengths to survive and prosper.
So, when it pours, grab your umbrella and dance in the rain.
Keep looking for the blind spots and building a better you.
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