“Sometimes, life’s challenges are tough to deal with. You will succeed if you focus your thoughts on how to overcome the challenge.” – Catherine Pulsifer
It is back to school season. It happens every year and is considered routine. Yet, the back to school vibe is everywhere making itself known by:
- the plethora of notebooks, pencils, and backpacks crowding the stores
- families making the rounds like coveys of quail to required physicals needed haircuts and clothing stores
- school buses making practice runs in the mornings
- public swimming pools closing
not to mention the general franticness in the atmosphere that says: Transition underway!
In some ways, we are always in transition. We:
- arise in the morning, live out a day, then head back to sleep
- go to work (or school), move from one activity to another, then back to our nests at home
- get in our cars, drive somewhere, take care of business then return
Most transitions are routine, efficient, even mindless with little risk. However, what about transitions:
- from a familiar routine to a new one?
- involving more than just you?
- involving some or a lot of risk?
- involving moving into an unknown situation?
- or one forced upon you, that broadsides and smacks you in the gut?
- Ones that turn just plain ugly….
Transitions Turned Ugly
When it comes to the back to school thing, I am more of an observer, dodging the various activities surrounding that aspect of this season. However, it happens to be the time of year I make my annual rounds of physical checkups. Routine right?
Not so much. This time last year a bad report broadsided me as a result of the annual physical exam. What it was is not important now, but it plunged us into the world of medical protocols and unwanted attention.
I immediately formed a support structure. One that was simple, firm and kept me and my Christian values, not the medical establishment, in charge. It consisted of:
- surrounding myself with a small but powerful group of like-minded Christian prayers
- leaning on my spouse and those like-minded believers for support
- educating myself on options in my case – inside and outside of mainline medicine
- streamlining my activities while keeping a strong daily routine
- refusing to make the condition the center of my thoughts, words, or activities
- choosing to trust the Lord at a whole new level
I am happy to report, all is well. The treatment I took is a distant memory with barely a burp in our lives.
By Nancy Cullen, Advocate