Navigation tools for windy days

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.”
—Dolly Parton

 

It is so easy to be blown by the wind, isn’t it?

Lately, it feels like every day brings new hurricanes.

Illness. Breakups.

Paris.

The San Bernardino shooting.

Things that feel too big to bear.

This Dolly Parton quote is one of my favorites but how exactly do we adjust the sails, especially when the seas are so rough?

When we are called to live meaningful, well loved lives, we must learn to adjust our sails so we can keep on course, even through a storm. I find myself going back to several of my Well Loved Woman principles when the going gets rough, and I am so grateful to have these navigation tools. Here are three of my favorites:

Create and Sustain Quality Relationships. In frightening or confusing situations, there is nothing like the support of a trusted friend or family member. Someone we can be really honest with, confide in, and lean on. I am so grateful for the relationships I have with my daughters and closest friends. These connections help keep me on course. Ask yourself, “who do I want near me when times are tough?” Then make sure to nurture your relationships with the people who come immediately to mind.

Know What Brings You Alive. Maybe it’s taking a run on a trail through the woods, choosing wool for a knitting project, or browsing recipe books to plan a perfect meal with close friends. Sometimes when the storms are raging, we forget these things … or worse, write them off as frivolous. In truth, they are the opposite of frivolous—and even more, taking the time to appreciate life despite hardships can ground us and keep our course true during the rough patches. What are the things that soothe your soul and bring you alive?

Create an Environment that Brings Out Your Best. One of the most important things I’ve done for myself is create a sanctuary for my soul in my home. It is such a marvelous relief to know that just by walking through the door, I will feel peaceful, inspired, and surrounded by beauty. It allows me to be calm and centered when I need it most. Having such an environment to work and live in reminds me of who I am, keeps me focused when the winds blow, and helps me steer my life where I want to go. How do you feel in your home? Is there a room or a space you’ve created that brings out your best? If not, what is one thing you could do to make the space around you support you?

Sending you love as you embark on your own personal journey, and courage as you learn what it takes to adjust your sails.

Well loved wishes,

Susan

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

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