The storm will pass
Whether it is a natural disaster (like the current hurricane Dorian), or your own personal storm. It will pass.
Life will bring us storms. They are unavoidable. The little storms come often
- An argument with someone
- Driving in rush hour traffic
- A brief illness
- Theft of property
- Bad grades in school
- Job loss (although, this might classify as a huge storm)
- Any other little thing that throws a stone in your day, or week, and causes ripples of stress
You may have a huge storm like
- a natural disaster
- the death of a loved one
- a divorce
- extended unemployment
- or other major upset
Those will take a little longer to recover from.
The fact is, storms will come. They may stay for a short while, or a longer time, but they will pass.
The trick to riding out a storm is to be prepared.
Much like weather storm preparedness, you can be prepared for the storms of life as well.
Mindset- If you practice positivity and hopefulness, it becomes a habit. When a storm comes, you can be briefly shaken, but come back to that clear, strong, positive, hopeful mindset.
Stand firm- When you get knocked down by the storm, don’t stay down. If we stay down, we can get dragged down even deeper into despair. Get back on your feet and stand up again.
Face facts – Acknowledge, “This has happened.” Then ask yourself, “Now what? How do I handle this going forward?” Push the initial shock or confusion aside and try to see the clear path through the debris and the light at the end of the tunnel.
True relationships – Connect with people you can rely on to help you out in a storm. A family member, trusted friend, pastor, teacher, doctor, counselor, life coach (the list goes on). Be in relationship with people who have your back, as you have theirs. Then, ask for help. Asking for help is not a weakness, it is actually a strength. It takes courage to ask for help. Have that courage.
Faith – This is my go-to. If you have faith and trust that God is in control, believing that He knows what is going on in your life, and knowing that no matter what happens it is according to His plan (even if we don’t understand what that plan is) you are able to have a sense of peace with whatever happens. Sure, you may be temporarily shaken, but you come back to the faith that keeps you grounded in a storm.
Luke 17:6 New Living Translation
The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you!