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Much of life is outside of our control. But we don’t have to remain helpless victims to the winds of life. We can learn how to stay grounded and weather the ups and downs that come our way.

Weather reports are helpful to plan our day. And timely alerts warn us of coming storms.

But while we can accurately observe weather patterns, the weather does not seek our permission to change. It rains when it rains and the sun is out when it’s out.

But lack of control shouldn’t keep us from preparing.

When it’s cold we bring a jacket.

Preparing for the weather helps us to navigate whatever comes our way.

And this approach is needed throughout our life and relationships.

For instance, there’s a lot of social, economic, and political drama that affects us but is also outside of our direct control.

And certainly we must often endure the emotional drama of those we’re in relationship with.

If we’re not careful, we’re soon swept up into the swirling drama around us. And things only get worse. But when we stay grounded we open the door for peace.

Storms at sea are prone to intensify, but tend to quickly dissipate after landfall.

We stay grounded by learning to keep a cool head and making decisions aligned with our deep values and beliefs. Who is the man I want to be in this very moment?

Learning to live with our integrity is how we prepare for whatever life brings our way.

This is not easy in the middle of a storm. But our grounded strength is a service of love to those around us.

Don’t get taken out to sea. Let your grounded strength bring greater peace throughout your life and relationships.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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