Being Thankful for the Blessings in the Challenging Parts of Life
By Mike Brown
- Prayers from retailers that the US consumers will show up early and start buying too many things for holiday giving, and
- Prayers from US consumers that they’ll beat out other US consumers to get the deals they’re looking for at stores and online
Thinking about the past few years, the most important thing I’ve learned is there are blessings in everything we’re presented in life—whether we perceive those things as good OR bad.
That hadn’t been my mindset before. Previously, I looked at good things as blessings and (apparently) bad things as annoyances that were there primarily because of something going awry. And those things needed to be FIXED to turn them into blessings.
Early in 2011 I was headed to Columbus, OH to work with Nate Riggs for several days of client meetings. Since it was February, I purposely booked my flight to arrive the day before to account for any potential weather delays. Sure enough, I flew in a day ahead of the great blizzard of 2011.
The newer me realized there must be some reason I was supposed to be in Columbus, and it was important to sit back and see what it was.
I learned the reason the next morning, when our suddenly open schedule provided the opportunity for Nate and I to visit the Arvey store and meet Cheri Allbritton. Our visit probably wasn’t more than 20 minutes, and it’s the only time Cheri and I have met in person. But that time with the three of us talking in her office was a vital part of cementing a friendship that has flourished online. And this friendship was especially important as Cheri went through a very difficult 2011. I had the blessing to learn from the grace with which Cheri handled the real life challenges she was facing.
Without the snowstorm, there never would have been time to meet.
And guess what?
We got all our meetings done in a compressed time frame, and even though Chicago had been shut down the day before, I flew through Midway with no delays.
That’s only one example. I could go on with others, but won’t . . . at least not right now.
So here’s my Thanksgiving prayer for you: that we’re all able to embrace and learn from the challenges we face—big and small—and have the gift of patience to look for and discern the blessings behind each challenge.
And I guess that prayer even applies to the challenge of missing out on the last iPad deal you waited in line for hours to get at the big box electronics store!
Mike Brown is the founder of the Brainzooming Group. He has been at the forefront of leading Fortune 500 culture change, contributing new approaches in research, developing simplified tools for innovation, strategy planning, and aligning sales, marketing, and communications strategies for maximum business results. Additionally, he’s won multiple awards for his strategic brand-building approach to customer experiences in NASCAR and conference event marketing efforts.