Life Can Be a Roller Coaster, You Best Be Strong…and Prepared!

Danny

Life Can Be a Roller Coaster, You Best Be Strong…and Prepared

The last few weeks in the southern U.S. has presented a wild ride as far as weather is concerned.  We had a snow/ice storm which shut the cities down for a week.  That storm was followed by a February that felt more like June with temperatures near 80 degrees!  Now for the last few days the morning temperatures have been in the thirties with afternoon temps in the 60s.

Up and down.  Up and down.  Up and down.

Sometimes I wish I lived in Hawaii where the temperatures are 80 degrees every single day.  It would be so easy to plan each day.  It would be much easier to design a wardrobe!  It just seems like it would be better.

But guess what?!  I don’t live in Hawaii so I’ve got to find a way to deal with the life I have.

Up and down. Up and down.  Up and down.

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my forty-five years on this old rock is that life is going to throw you for a loop.  One day everything might seem fine and then the next…BAM!  Something happens that disrupts the consistency of your life.  You lose a job or your car breaks down or a kid gets sick or your significant other gets sick.  It could be any number of things.

Life is going to ebb and flow.  It is going to rock and roll.

I initially only had “strong” in the title instead of being paired with “prepared”, but I don’t think being strong is the only thing you need to move through life.  I do, however, believe every person must be prepared.  You must see the breaking wave coming and be prepared to withstand it.  It might knock you down in the surf, but bracing for impact must happen or you don’t stand a chance.

So how can you be prepared for life?  Here are a few of my thoughts:

  1. Understand that you only have control over you.  You cannot control what other people say and do, but you are in full control over how you react to them.
  2. Put thoughts and feelings into motion.  Don’t be a talker, be a doer.
  3. Practice personal accountability.  If you do your 100% best, then you will have no regrets.  Don’t allow yourself to make excuses.
  4. Accept change as inevitable and move with change instead of fighting against it.  Sometimes plans must be altered and other times plans must be completed demolished and rebuilt; and there’s nothing wrong with rebuilding.
  5. Focus on finding YOUR fulfillment instead of “happiness” and understand the stark difference between the two.
  6. Understand that tough times are a part of life and try not to invest too much of your emotion into those time.  Just let them be what they are and focus your efforts on maintaining the course.  An old friend would tell me “Let tough times roll off you like water off a duck’s back.”
  7. Don’t get wrapped up with people who are Debbie Downers.  When life lands a right cross the last thing you need is someone in your circle of trust saying “I told you so”.
  8. In all things have character.   If you always do the right thing no matter what you will never lose.

These are just a few of my thoughts about how to be prepared for the ups-and-downs of life.  I think the key is in understanding that these down times are going to happen and one should not overreact when they do.

As the old Persian adage says, “This too shall pass.”

Danny

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