[Yes, this is an actual note I sent to my kids. I never know if they will actually read my notes (smile) but I send them occasionally anyway. Maybe they will read this when they need it most.]
Every wall is a door” (Emerson)
I remember when I first saw this quote a few years ago, it gave me hope. It reminded me to alter my perspective when I faced difficulties. Maybe the “wall” or the road block was really leading me to where I was supposed to be.
And I remember years ago hearing a preacher talk about being in a meeting with Japanese businessmen. They told him that have no word for “crisis”. Instead their word is “opportunity”. I never forgot that. Actually more accurately the first character of the Japanese word for crisis means ‘dangerous’ and the second character of the word means ‘opportunity’ (according to a little research).
To me, it makes sense. When we’re in crisis, sometimes it’s daunting, scary, unpleasant (and maybe dangerous but not always). And in trying times, there is always “opportunity”. The opportunity to go a new direction, to create a new solution, to find maybe an unexpected answer. The opportunity to change our perspective on the matter.
I once saw a commercial years ago about a GPS system in some vehicle. And every time the driver would go to an unexpected location, the GPS would say “rerouting” in that Siri voice. And BOOM I had a personal revelation… Isn’t that how it is with my walk with God. Every time I get off track, or face a “crisis” or hit a proverbial wall, I feel like God has said to me, “rerouting”. And I had the ‘opportunity’ to get back on track OR maybe had to take a detoured route to get back to my path.
Sometimes I’d be routed to an entirely new path. A beautiful thing (even if initially it didn’t seem beautiful).
Sometimes we travel along and try our plans and face crises, which lead to opportunities. Sometimes we must be rerouted and that’s totally okay. Life is not linear. What I mean is that very rarely do things go in a straight line or according to plan. It’s often a zig zag or loopy pattern. Lots of edges, twists and turns along the way. But if we allow ourselves the opportunity, we can learn and grow and dare to find beauty on the journey.
© 2021 I AM KAYDEE “A Note To My Children – About Persevering”
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