Northeast Wisconsin
December 2016

December 2016

It’s no secret amongst my family and friends that I have a fascination with weather and keeping up to date on the latest forecast. It started in my childhood summers huddling together with my siblings watching storms, and has brought me to today: checking on potential snow and rain that could affect my morning commute.

While it’s comforting and safe to say we all love the idea that knowing what’s coming next gives us some semblance of control (weather or otherwise), unfortunately that’s not always how life works. Yes, there is an element of preparedness that goes a long way, but the future is largely unknown and will throw you curveballs. Predictions are wrong. People get sick. We lose arguments and things don’t go our way.

And it’s OK.

“Here’s the truth: your situation is never permanent. It’s what you make it. Life isn’t solid, it’s fluid.” —Katie Ray Kacvinksy

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there seems to be two speeds: fast and faster. It’s an even more difficult time to “go with the flow” when our course goes off track. It’s easy to get wrapped up in lists and straight arrows telling us where we think we should be — whether it’s life or simply holiday party preparation. Stress is real, but the big picture is more so.

In Unity of Appleton’s article Reverend April Kain-Breese says, “Most of us have our struggles, but in each day we have lots of good, too. In fact, often the good comes through the struggles! There’s always more good!”

Life is good, unexpected weather and all. I can’t think of a better time or season to keep this in mind — and heart.

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