Burning Barns

“My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon.” Japanese Haiku

Having just experienced Hurricane Irma on Marco Island, Florida, I can identify with this Haiku. We didn’t lose our home – thank goodness – but we did have significant damage. The good news…we now have a water view where before there was none. Enough trees were taken down in our adjoining mangroves that the water view emerged from our ground floor. This is so like life isn’t it? As tragedy strikes and we mourn, later we look back and see how we were changed… often in a positive way.

As I look back over my life, I can see how I adapted to the stones or boulders in the road and found new paths. Through my mother’s early death I learned how to be resilient at a young age, I became independent, I learned to cook, write checks and manage money, to name a few.

Affirmation for today…I look at my life through positive eyes. I acknowledge my ability to have positive, loving relationships and an abundant, prosperous, joy-filled life.

Coaching question: In what way have you grown through the “burning barns” of your life?


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