Life is altering before our eyes. These are concerning times, to say the least. They’re downright frightening… but, if within us we can keep a hopeful eye toward the future, it might just soothe our souls today.
There will be a time when we look back on today with understanding. With experience. With acceptance. And as a result, we’ll recognize with new clarity how experience evokes wisdom.
Once on the other side of this pandemic, we’ll better understand (perhaps through our experience) how it is the painful times that can bring out the best in us.
Pain—physical or emotional—is a profound teacher. In fact, pain can effectively highlight all that doesn’t hurt—thus bringing more clarity to what truly matters: Family. Health. A simple walk with the family Fido.
To think back at the harried, stressful, on-the-go worrisome tendencies that propelled so many of us pre-pandemic? Many of us were too busy to be proactive and, instead, only had time to be reactive to stimulus others threw our way. Those days can hopefully be in the past.
Pain teaches us these things. And experience helps us recognize their significance.
As they say, any good fighter is never angry. Why? Because experience has taught him or her to control emotion. To keep in-check reality. To be proactive, thoughtful and intentional, choosing actions and attitudes instead of simply responding.
Again, discomfort and pain remind us of all which does not hurt. It helps us seek out beauty and peace. It understands the comfort derived from a sunset and energy emitted off a sunrise.
So as our great nation pulls together to fight against COVID-19, let’s please remember this: we will endure. This, too, shall pass. And until it does, may we remain steadfast, forward-thinking, and remain responsible for our part in slowing the spread. Pause. Breathe. Hug your family. Soak in each sunset and sunrise. Recognize God’s gifts… and crystallize our vision on what matters the most.
This April, let’s endure together… we will look back on these days through different eyes. Through experience, gratefulness—and yes, endurance.
Stay with us on InSuesShoes.com throughout April… no matter the shoes you’re in, you’re welcome here.