The Ebb and FlowFriday, May 13, 2016
In my early twenties, I suffered from physical paralysis. I would literally wake up some days and not be able to feel or move my legs for hours at a time. This went on for two-and-a-half years. It was a season in my life that included more doctors than I can count, tested my faith, tested my friendships, and pushed me to the brink of my emotional capacity many times.
Why do I share this? Simply as a reminder that life is unpredictable, largely uncontrollable, and that much of what we choose to get wrapped up in really doesn't matter.
It's also a reminder that life ebbs and flows and is restorative in nature. You may be acutely feeling the pressures of being an entrepreneur and wondering why you ever decided to strike out on your own. Your marriage may be on the rocks. You may be trying to escape past failures by losing yourself in the trappings of a workaholic and mirages of success. All of these situations are scary and depressing and real, but they're not the end.
Life is not so much about striving to be fearless; it's about moving forward despite our fears.
Originally published July 2009