Crises, like earthquakes, shake your foundations. And after they expend their natural force you are never the same. This is a good thing!
Often leaders and managers encourage you to set goals. This is a good so long as it remains in balance. The danger is a subliminal message: your fulfilment is in the future.
Your fulfillment is in the present.
It is true fulfilled desires yield sweetness. It is equally true you need to stretch yourself for growth. As the son of a farmer, I know the storms of wind and rain strengthen the grain for a hearty harvest. And that’s the point: fulfilment is discovered in the process not in reaching some future goal.
Are you grieving over losing a loved one to death? Are you hurting from a relationship freshly lost? Are you dealing with an unexpected illness recently diagnosed? You are in a crisis. Embrace the present! The change cannot be undone.
Living in the present does not mean you mortgage your future at the expense of the immediate. It does mean you accept your present circumstance as part of a greater Power. In submitting to that Power you will find the strength to live.
I cannot promise where that Power will take you. But I can promise you that if you embrace the present you will find fulfilment. Maybe not while your foundation is shaking—survival is all that is on your mind! And that is just fine. Take those steps to endure but utilise that Power greater than you. You are heading to solid ground!
You may come through with a different career, new partner or no partner at all! But you will survive! And you will possess a depth in which greater things will take root in you.
Embrace where you are at.