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Weathering The Storms of Life

“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.” Paulo Coelho

I was an adult before I realized the power of a hurricane. Some people go their entire life not experiencing this force of nature. The first major hurricane I remember was Hurricane David in 1979. I was living in Orlando at the time but was on vacation in Kentucky when it was headed to Florida. I remember being with my family and keeping track of it on the television, praying it would turn away and spare my home. There is something about that feeling of helplessness in a situation such as this to make one realize that we just do not have control over anything except how we respond to the storms of life. Sometimes that storm comes in to show you what is important and sometimes it comes in to show you what is not needed in your life. I remember at the time how my husband and I gave thanks that we were safely away from the danger of the storm and we came to terms with the fact that if our first home were destroyed at least we had our lives and our family intact and could rebuild. Unfortunately our marriage did not survive all the storms of life and as much as we tried to rebuild, the foundation was too damaged. That’s the way storms go sometimes.

Dear Angels, when our world is rocked by something out of our control, we want to find something or someone to point a finger at. It is so much easier to blame and accuse than to navigate the path that has been exposed by the storm. We would love some guidance please.

Dear Ones, a storm is a disturbance that happens suddenly, often without warning. It is a disruption in how things are flowing. When you encounter a storm in your life, it means you have probably been caught off guard. Small disruptions can many times have as much or more of an impact than major storms. They can undermine your faith and cause you to question your beliefs. We encourage you, Dear Ones, to stand firmly grounded no matter the strength of the storm that comes in. Once the spin stops, then you can see what has been moved around and thus have a better understanding of the disturbance. If you take time to do this instead of pointing fingers at the storm itself, you will have accomplished much in your spiritual and emotional growth. The storm has no investment in the damage it causes. It is simply doing what storms do. Sometimes, Dear Ones, there is nothing to blame. It is simply a storm. Other times, the storm is the catalyst for you to take action to protect against future storms. When you become silent and observe, you will know what your right action is in the aftermath of each storm of life.

Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to look at what is shaken loose with each storm that comes my way and be open to the message contained within.

Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace.

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