I learned a word from my son called, Tempesta. Tempesta means “storm” in Italian. Reflecting on this word, I began to think about the different storms of life that we encounter. We all have to deal with them in one form or another, whether its a storm of grief, depression, hurt, anxiety, fear, career loss, financial loss or just situations that we consider to be storms in our lives.
But just like we have tools of umbrellas, rain boots and rain coats, etc for earthly storms, we also have “life” tools and resources to help us deal with the other storms, and increase our endurance until the sun shines in our life again.
Your tools or resources could be friends, family, faith, religion, running, singing, dancing or whatever you feel is useful for helping you endure your Tempestas. Whatever the tools are, they are perfectly designed for you. Others may not understand how your choice of tools soothe you, but it isn’t always meant for others to understand what works for you. What is critically important is that you utilize the tools you have at your disposal, to help strengthen you while you move through the storm, until the sun shines in your life again.
On this week, be thankful for every TEMPESTA that you made it through, the strength you gained while going through it, and the resources you had at your disposal to make it through. If your sun isn’t shining yet, be patient because it WILL! If it is shining, ROCK those shades and get a mental tan!