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Walk Through the Trials and Tribulations

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  • Walk Through the Trials and Tribulations

    While life does, at times, offer opportunities to side step difficulties that come our way, most of the time we are challenged and forced to walk through them. By and large we come out on the other side of these turbulent times endowed with character and fortitude equipping us with tools for accomplishing future endeavors. But so often we find ourselves running the opposite direction of our fears, anxieties and uncertainty. Consider the following excerpt I read a few months ago. Yet again, nature has a very valuable lesson in store if we are willing to learn:

    What cows do is very natural. Cows sense a storm coming from the west and so they start to try to run toward the east. The only problem with that is that if you know anything about cows you know they aren’t very fast.

    So the storm catches up with the cows rather quickly. And without knowing any better the cows continue to try to outrun the storm. But instead of outrunning the storm they actually run right along with the storm. Maximizing the amount of pain and time and frustration they experience from that storm!

    What buffalo do on the other hand is very unique for the animal kingdom. Buffalo wait for the storm to cross right over the crest of the peak of the mountaintop and as the storm rolls over the ridge the buffalo turn and charge directly into the storm.

    Instead of running east away from the storm they run west directly at the storm. By running at the storm they run straight through it. Minimizing the amount of pain and time and frustration they experience from that storm.

    Notice how it’s the exact same storm. It’s such a great metaphor for all of us because all of us are dealing with the same types of storms.