When I was a kid I remember running around the yard trying to catch the wind in a jar. What a sight I was flailing about swinging a jar in one hand and slapping a lid on top of the jar with the other. But you know, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t catch anything in my jar except maybe a bug every now and then. And I have to tell you, I tried hard…really hard.
The wind simply can not be contained no matter how hard you try. You can’t physically see it. You can’t touch it, hold it, catch it or stop it, but you can feel it as it whips through your hair or pushes against your body. You can hear it whistling through the trees and around the corners of buildings. You can even see the damage it leaves behind with broken branches, toppled power lines and damaged houses.
When the wind is blowing gently, it’s amazing to sit and watch the leaves as they fly through the air or the trees and grass as they dance together in rhythm. But its power can overtake even the strongest of the strong and cause problems that no one expected.
I view life much like the wind. Life is enjoyable and comforting when everything is going great, but then there comes a day—and we all have them—when destruction comes as we are hit with the brute force of a storm that no one saw coming.
Some days life gives you a party with lots of hugs and kisses. Other days it throws you down a flight of stairs leaving you battered, bruised and hurting. Although life doesn’t seem fair and at times appears to offer way more storms that sunny skies, I have learned a few things in the process of living it.
I may not be able to catch life in a jar in order to control how it behaves. I can’t touch it, hold it, or even stop events from happening, but I can live it and in living it I get this wonderful opportunity of being able to feel both the sadness and the joys it leaves behind.
Sometimes it leaves destruction in its path like heartaches, damaged finances, broken relationships and Multiple Sclerosis, but that doesn’t mean I’m supposed to stop living. It just means living is going to be a bit harder to manage than I expected.
I can’t control the direction it sends me in or the troubles it leaves along the way, but I do get to choose whether I will laugh or cry, sing or whine, bend or break. I also get the amazing opportunity to dance in the rain and stomp through the puddles that get left behind.
Today is a brand new day and it’s your day to shine…to shine through the storm. Don’t let what you’re going through keep you from living. And although life is something you can’t contain in a jar, you are stronger than anything it sends your way. Don’t lose hope. You got this!
And remember this: You wouldn’t know what a good day was without experiencing a bad day. You wouldn’t appreciate times of laughter if you had never cried. You would never know what true happiness was without going through times of despair. You are stronger because you’ve lived it all. You didn’t ask for this life you are living, but you are going to make it. You are a survivor.