The tide comes in and the tide goes out. That’s how life goes. We all have our ups and downs. Our moments of triumphs and our moments where all we feel is broken and vulnerable. The good thing is that when the tide goes out on you, it can actually be one of the most sweetest of times.
Last night I uncovered a blog post that I had written a year ago. It was chalk full of ooh-rah, you-can-do-it enthusiasm. I remember writing it with a fresh sense of hope and freedom, as if I was unapologetically ready to tackle whatever challenge came my way. The tide of my heart was high with a go-get-em attitude. Looking back, I think that attitude aided me in pushing through--especially once times became tough.
A year has passed since I wrote that post. Since then, I have been faced with many different challenges. Personally, professionally and creatively. The tide has gone out several times, if you will. During the times of drought, you're faced with two choices. 1.) Give up or 2.) Remember why you are doing what you do. Reflecting on the why behind what you do can help redirect your focus and remind you of what is really important in life. I've learned that it doesn't matter how many Facebook "likes" I have, or how much or how little business I have at the time. What matters most are my core values: My faith and my family--and with that, I am able to better serve my clients.
The good thing is that when the tide comes back, it comes back with a fresh vision and focus. The Lord always draws me back, redirects me, soaking and softening the sand of my heart making me pliable and ready to leave fresh foot prints in the sand.