We've all heard it many times, "it's about the journey, not the destination." This life isn't for the faint of heart, that is for sure! Within my lifetime, I've witnessed economic crashes, the tragedies of 9/11, wars, natural disasters + now a global pandemic. It often feels as though I am the lead character in an end-of-times movie. However, the world keeps spinning, and I am still here. So, that shows me that it really is about the journey. Life is better when it's pregnant with purpose. Otherwise, it can feel like a real drag... just keepin' it real!
There are many challenges to face, and no matter who you are or where you are, there is some struggle that you will inevitably come up against at some point. It's all about how you handle it. Do you allow it to destroy you, or do you handle it with grace? Making that decision will truly make all of the difference. During this time of "stay-at-home" orders, I am reminded of a book that I read when I was very young, The Diary of Anne Frank. You may be familiar with it, but if not here is a brief synopsis:
During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. The complete surviving manuscript of Anne Frank's diary is now on display at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Anne Frank's diary describes the frightening period experienced by Anne, her family and friends in the annex. It also expresses her hopes and aspirations for the future, which were never to be realized. Anne and her family were trapped in hiding for 761 days, and she decided to keep a diary, almost as though she were talking with a close friend.
The reason this story is called to mind is because life unfolds in unexpected directions, and I think my mind was opened to this early on. In a way this prepared me for what we are dealing with now, because although it hasn't reached the intensity of WWII, it is important to be aware of what is possible and to be prepared for all outcomes. Don't quit, don't give up, just keep swimming, you can do it!
Journeys are not all flat terrain, sometimes the road gets rough, my father use to say "when the going gets tough, the tough get going!" He truly believed that, and he lived by it. Better days will come, they always do, and sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the muck of the moment. However, if you choose to focus on the lessons that you can be learning in this moment and you remain steadfast and dedicated to your goals, you will persevere.
Stay hungry, stay purpose-driven, look into ways that you can evolve or improve your offering to this world. Things are changing, and that's part of the journey. WE ARE RESILIENT, FLEXIBLE, AND STRONG BEYOND IMAGINATION. Enjoy the ride!