Braving the storm
This is my six-year-old braving the blizzard that hit Maine on Monday. We've had so much snow and a fair amount of sickness in our household over the past two weeks.
Maine winter can be really tough on me and February is typically the time I feel the winter blues come on.
Rather than battling sadness or fighting to make things better, I've been feeling into how I can more fully brave the storms of my life.
Whether you're stuck in harsh weather conditions, navigating an emotional storm in your family, or finding your way in the political storm that's unfolding this year, do you want to fight or be brave?
Notice the difference between the two.
When you fight you are engaged in violent struggle.
When you are brave, you are engaged in courageous behavior.
So the next time you're feeling ready to "fight" take a deep breath and ask yourself,
"What would courage do in this moment? How can I act with courage and character?"
Life is asking us to be brave this year. And I sense that the more we choose courage the more we'll find ourselves cultivating truth, peace, and healing in our families and communities.
Let's move beyond the paradigm of fighting and into the paradigm of creative courage. We have such potential there.
With warmth & light,