Some may wonder if the snow will ever stop this winter. Others are reveling in it. Snowstorm upon snowstorm challenged everyone. Have your ‘flexors’ been flexed this winter? You might have tried to resist the elements, but the storms still came.
But ask yourself: When was the last time you had the excuse to go to bed at 7:30 p.m. – in front of the fireplace – in a sleeping bag? Or had the opportunity to take a leisurely bath by candlelight in the warmth of a fire? When did you have a great reason for eating up ALL the ice cream in the freezer? Or play in the snow like a kid again?
At the first sight of snow, children pray for the news of a snow day. One snowflake, so minute yet so intricate and uniquely beautiful in design, is an awesome sight. Add a few more, and it becomes a delightfully fresh snowfall that cleanses the earth. Soon a winter wonderland emerges sparkling like a million diamonds.
Too much of anything thing, however, creates danger. As one flake joins with millions more a white monster can emerge within hours causing outages, road closings, flight delays or cancellations and school closings. Relentless in power and magnitude, a winter storm can easily overwhelm even the heartiest.
This year, from Arizona across the Midwest plains to New England, states experienced a rare phenomenon called thunder snow. Thunder, lightning, rain, sleet and snow all falling together to create a treacherous mix.
Many found themselves snowed or iced in for many days. Challenged without heat or electricity, imaginations were stretched to know how to to weather the storm. Some took advantageous of this time to play games, chat, or catch up on a favorite novel. Neighbors became neighborly again sharing soup or coffee cooked on a wood burner. Some adults played like children again in the snow, while others grumbled in their inconvenience of disrupted life. It was their attitude that made the difference. Instead of becoming stressed, the choice is to make the best of what happens.
Storms will come. They are inevitable part of life. They may start off as a little flake or sprinkle here or there – a nasty word, a disgruntled attitude. Sometimes powerless to ward off, you pull up your mental hood and accept it with grace. But when a superstorm attacks without warning with a deluge of problems threatening to bury you, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. You feel you will suffocate beneath the pressure. Finding a way to cope and ride the storm out seems impossible. It all depends on perception and attitude – how flexible you choose to be.
Storms of life can be an adventure or a nightmare. Whether it is a physical storm or a storm of life, being flexible is the key. Are you prepared to weather your storms? Are you ready physically, mentally, emotionally? You can adjust to the elements or begrudge your unfortunate circumstances. You can grow a little stronger and braver, or shrink back. It is up to you.
Flexibility can produce endurance- the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. Endurance produces resilience which results in great strength. Storms will come. They are a part of life. Will you be caught in a gridlock of despair or make it an adventure worth remembering?