Robert H. Schuller once famously said, “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
I could not imagine a more beautiful and appropriate thought to kickstart this second week of my vacation. I needed this! And there are perhaps a few persons out there who also need to hear this unbinding truth.
I can personally vouch for the fact that it is so easy for us to become anxious and frustrated when our aspirations fail to align with the right opportunities in a timely manner… or at least within a timeframe that satisfies us… the bills… the loans… the cupboards… the kids (I don’t have kids actually – at least not yet)…
We must however understand that life does not comprise an established sequence of events, where everything falls in place for everyone, at the same time, in the same way, and for the same reasons. We are all on our own journeys; and like Facebook, our timelines are all unique.
The challenge for many of us however is that we allow our societies to prescribe what we ought to do, how we ought to do them, when we ought to do them, and to what end. This in my mind is a most injurious form of enslavement that is costing many of us our joy, our personal sense of fulfillment, and our identity.
I think when the Jamaican Reggae artiste Chronixx wrote the song ‘Likes’, he did so not merely as a jab at social media or his critics, but out of the understanding that we all have a choice of either pursuing our personal goals and aspirations on our own terms, or allowing our life journeys to be dictated by the standards and prescriptions of our social space – which is today as global and diverse as it has ever been.
As you reflect on that thought for a bit, here are a few photographs from St. Vincent’s scenic South Coast to lighten the moment. (Click here to follow me on Instagram)
Chronixx writes (in rich Jamaican dialect):
“Mi dweet fi di love, mi nuh dweet fi di likes… Mek dem know, success don’t come overnight… Mek dem know a substance over hype… Dweet fi di love, mi nuh dweet fi di likes”
For the record, it is incredibly liberating to know that your decisions in life are not based on the standards and prescriptions of a world obsessed with the superficial – materialism, pleasure, and what Chronixx describes in his chorus as the “hype”.
Today, I have chosen to live completely on my own terms – focusing on what God’s plan is for my life, even as I move in faith towards that which He has called me to.
This of course does not mean that my bills and monthly financial obligations have suddenly vanished – not at all! They are still very much a part of my reality, and I am still required to cover them. I have however chosen not to allow such temporary situations to rob me of my joy, or to derail that perfect plan that God is presently establishing in my life.
You see, the world may not see what God is doing in you now, and neither should you ever boast of it. But a day is coming when your testimony will reveal God’s grace and compassion towards you, even when you consider yourself unworthy.
So perhaps you are growing somewhat impatient about the rate at which things are coming together in your life. In fact, it may seem like things are not coming together at all for you. Well, in the very apt words of Robert H. Schuller, “The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
So you can get up out of that corner and wipe your eyes now, because your future looks so much brighter than you know.
Be sure to pick up your copy of my new book, ‘Defying the Odds – Your Personal Guide to Victorious Living’ today.
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