No Sailor Ever Distinguished Themselves On Calm Seas

So many people only want the easy, the good. If that’s all we ever got we likely would never appreciate what we do have. The rough times are what helps to shape us and reveal who we really are. The tough times are part of the journey.

Many times in the spring and summer you can see storms coming but other times, when the atmospheric conditions are just right, a storm can just pop up right on top of you. You may have to get some things inside or get them secured before the storms come and winds start to blow. Sometimes you may have a warning but other times the storm may happen without warning. Either way you have to act.

What happens though after that storm blows through and the sun comes back out? There is calm. There is a sense of peace. We appreciate and notice those things more after the storm passes.

Not everyone is able to handle themselves in times of crisis. Some will not handle the rough times because they can’t see the good that will come out of it or the calm that may come after it. Be a leader determined to navigate the rough times with a forward and positive outlook.

The tough times. The storms that blow into your life, planned or unplanned, will need to be faced head on but after they pass you will be better, more experienced and able to use what you went through and learned to be a more effective person and leader.

Lean into the storm. Appreciate the calm. They are both part of the journey and we lead through them both.


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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