This past couple of weeks has been one of those times in life where you are humming along, focused on your projects and plans, meeting your objectives toward short and long-term goals, and then BAM!

Along comes a challenge. Something you didn’t expect at all, and haven’t faced before, but the time has come and it’s critically important. I’m sure you can relate, to having everything come to a screeching halt while you address an emergency.

“Be prepared…the meaning of the model is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” – Robert Baden-Powell

Emergencies have a way of not only getting your attention, but also forcing you to zero in on what’s really important – the “do or die” things in life. They also get your adrenaline pumping as you deal with the added stress of the situation. Here are a few of the things I have noticed as we coped and struggled with this challenge.
  1. His health and safety were non-negotiable, we did everything the doctors advised and kept vigilant throughout the entire events including surgery, recovery and finally returning home for 24/7 care.
  2. We had no idea how difficult this was going to be. Every aspect of our daily routines had to be altered to meet his needs first and foremost.
  3. Watchful patience – the healing process takes time, now we were obligated to weeks, even months of healing before things would be back to normal again.
  4. Joy in the glimmer of moments – we saw those few minutes of his typical personality shine through. It inspires hope that all is going to be okay.
  5. Finding great appreciation for good health and sound bodies – don’t take it for granted.
“The way to live in the present is to remember "This too shall pass."

“When you experience joy, remembering that ‘this too shall pass’ helps you savor the here and now. When you experience pain and sorrow, remembering, ‘this too shall pass,’ reminds you that grief, like joy, is only temporary.” – Joey Green

What’s In Your Emergency Kit for Life?
  • Are you willing and ready to take on whatever challenges life will deal you today?
  • Do you prepare for the potential of situations or circumstances that could arise and pull you completely off your current routine?
  • Do you have a support network of family and friends in your time of need knowing all too well that you cannot do it all alone?
  • Is your faith, hope and love steadfast helping you to weather the storms of life?
What I have learned over the decades is as you weather the storms of life, and enter into the calm of day or nights… take time to reflect on all that you have been through. Learn from how you survived, consider what preparations could have been done to ease the struggle and drink in the days of rest, when recovery has come and the storm has passed.

Growing up in the Midwest we learned that the storms do come and the storms do pass… some more violent than others. Through preparation and experience riding it out in faith overcomes the panic and fear.

And finally, because we know challenges will come and go repeatedly in life, I leave you with this quote:

“Remember to play after every storm.” – Mattie Stepanek