What do you do when you’re not sure what to do? I think we’ve all had to experience physical and emotional storms where life seems to be getting the best of us. No matter how hard we try we just can’t seem to get back on our feet before life sends another haymaker storm our way.

If you believe in God or a higher power, you may have prayed and asked for guidance but to your chagrin none was forthcoming. It seems as if you are out there on our own (a poor, pitiful creature to whom life shows no mercy). If you don’t mind I’d like to provide you a few helpful thoughts for successfully dealing with times like these.

Unfortunately, no one ever said that life would be easy. That very fact in and of itself is both a blessing and a curse. The curse is the fact that everyone (and I mean everyone) has to experience “storms” (no matter what his or her station or position in life). The blessing occurs as a result of knowing how to maximize this unwanted experience in order to assist others to deal with similar storms in the future. Wisdom is gained through combining love with experience.

Here are a few helpful hints to help you weather life’s storms:

  1. Stop resisting the storm and learn to embrace it” (I assume that regardless of your efforts to avoid it the storm is here anyway). This very fact will help preserve your health as you recognize the storm for what it is and seek to learn from it. “Stuff happens” whether we like it or not.
  2. Take charge of how you respond to the storm. Remember that my definition of the Law of Cause and Effect states: “We choose how we experience life”. You can choose to be life’s victim or you can choose to take dominion over the storm and use it to your benefit.
  3. Recall your personal mission statement. As you choose your response in step #2 above, recognize that your choices should directly or indirectly support the accomplishment of your mission.

This statement acts as a moral compass that guides you through the storm by always pointing you in the direction of your goals and ultimate life’s purpose. If you don’t have a personal mission statement, I suggest that you create one.

Creation of a personal mission statement isn’t difficult. It can be accomplished in a few moments and doesn’t have to be perfect since it (like ourselves) is a work in progress. Spend a few minutes alone with something to record your thoughts. Ask yourself what you would do to help others if money were no object. Make it into a short paragraph and that my friends is your personal mission statement.

Until next time here’s hoping that you live today and every day passionately and with purpose. Thank you and “God Bless”.