Are you facing strong winds in your life or just some gentle cool breezes? If it’s gentle cool breezes, this isn’t for you, but read on so you’re ready when the wind picks up.
If you are experiencing the strong winds that can huff and puff and blow your house down, you’re not alone. The big bad wolf may be lurking and waiting to strike when you least suspect it. These times of high stress and uncertainty can rock even the most positive of attitudes leaving you dazed and confused.
So how can you successfully manage these strong winds of change? Why not take Bruce Lee’s advice?
“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” - Bruce Lee
Change can be challenging but it can also be invigorating. If you take Bruce Lee’s advice, you will be on the right track. Be like the bamboo or willow and bend with the wind.
Take a look at this quote from Billy Ray Valentine:
“I’m a karate man. I bruise on the inside!” - Eddy Murphy as Billy Ray Valentine in Trading Places
Stand up and be strong but flexible. You might be bruised and beaten but get back out onto the field of play.
Oh, did I mention humor? Try not to take yourself too seriously. Humor is a survival technique and it also releases endorphins into your brain improving your overall mood and outlook on life. So, cap off your night with something funny (thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime).
Lastly, be resilient. When that strong wind is blowing, the storm may not subside until the morning. When the karate man is bruising on the inside, it doesn’t mean that he isn’t hurting. Doubt, fear, worry, you name it. They all cause bruises that you’re trying to keep on the inside but it takes resilience.
“When fear rushed in, I learned how to hear my heart racing but refused to allow my feelings to sway me. That resilience came from my family. It flowed through our bloodline.” - Coretta Scott King
And to close with one last karate reference, (Thank You Coretta for breaking that up) don’t forget that it’s a lot more difficult when you go it alone, so, thanks, Chuck Norris, for your take on it.
“As a 6x world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do, and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God.” - Chuck Norris
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