This year has been anything but quiet.
2021 saw a number of different transitions for me at work and in my personal life (I often don’t distinguish between the two now). I juggled roles within Bridge, started Workbase, and have had to work through cycles of sickness for a good chunk of the year.
Managing all the changes that went into that and everything else in between was certainly not without its own set of challenges.
But I’m thankful that amid all of the chaos I’m learning how to refocus faster, quiet my soul, and proceed with working through whatever difficulty is in front of me. In fact, you could say that I’m learning because of the chaos.
Real life doesn’t pause for you. While some people can afford long breaks from work, a getaway trip, or some other distraction from stress, many of us don’t always have that luxury. Nothing wrong with that; it’s just the way it is. The important thing is to learn how to “find your center” when a sabbatical from life’s challenges is just not an option.
It hardly takes any effort to think clearly when you’re out on the beach with just a book on hand; not so when you’re in the middle of answering an irate customer or firefighting. That said, without these difficult situations to constantly try us and test our character, we will not master the art of quieting our soul in the midst of life’s surprises.
As we approach 2022, I pray we gain the wisdom not to waste the difficulties we’ll face this coming year.