I ran across this saying the other day: "Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm"
I thought it was especially interesting to see this saying as we have been talking about the curve-balls life can throw us.
I get what the saying is trying to get at. But I have to take issue with it. Here's why.
I think "peace amid the storm" is an awesome idea. I also think it's a bit of a fantasy.
I can tell you that I've been in many a storm. And while I have the conviction that I'll make it through, my experience is that it's anything like peace while I am "amid" the storm.
Let's see... here's a sampling of what I personally have experienced amid a storm: fear, grief, exhaustion, connection, doubt, loneliness, gratitude, anger, powerlessness, confusion... I'm sure there are more things also, but that's what I came up with off the top of my head.
Does that sound peaceful?? No. Not at all.
Maybe I'm just not evolved enough to be able to experience peace amid a storm. Maybe there are people who truly do experience that.
I sort of think more people than not have a similar experience to what I experience. Being in the middle of a storm is darn hard enough without any of us getting all perfectionistic and thinking that we should be experiencing peace while we're trying to ride the waves of the storm (yeah, yeah... i know... mixing my metaphors... deal with it :)
I'd rather we all focus of staying connected and doing whatever we can to take care of ourselves while we're getting through to the other side of the storm.