Navigating Life’s Storms

October 31, 2023by Liz Uimbia1

Finding Growth in Kensho Moments

Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, much like sailing on the open sea. The famous quote, “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship,” by the inspiring author Louisa May Alcott, perfectly encapsulates the essence of life’s trials and tribulations. We all experience moments that are like the sweet taste of an ice cream cone on a scorching summer day – moments we wish would never end. But as we all know, just like the ice cream, these moments too must come to an end, and we find ourselves licking the last remnants of joy from the cone.

Have you ever noticed that when you ask for a second helping of your favorite ice cream, it never quite tastes the same as the first? Life experiences are much like that. No two moments are identical. Even in the case of good moments, if they are repeated, they can never be quite the same. Each moment is unique, etching its own place in our hearts and memories.

Now, let’s talk about those tough moments, the ones that feel like your world is crumbling. I like to call them “Kensho moments.” Why? Because they are so challenging, so daunting, that you may feel like your life is ending. What’s interesting is that tough moments never feel the same. You might find yourself saying, “This is the worst time of my life,” even though you’ve faced other hardships that, in retrospect, seem less severe. That’s the beauty of Kensho moments – they are growth moments.

Challenging moments force us to grow, whether we want to or not. The growth that emerges from these trials can be immensely profound, altering the course of our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined. While we may not like going through these trying times, we often find ourselves looking back with gratitude for the strength we gained and the wisdom we acquired.

It’s important to remember that everyone faces their share of Kensho moments. These moments are not unique to any one person; they are the threads that weave the fabric of our lives. They teach us resilience, patience, and the art of finding silver linings in the darkest of clouds. They are the moments that shape us into better versions of ourselves, forging our character and defining our path.

As we navigate life’s storms, it’s essential to keep in mind that every challenging moment is an opportunity to grow, to learn, and to become more resilient. Kensho moments, though painful, are the stepping stones to a brighter future. They serve as a reminder that we are capable of enduring and evolving.

So, when the next storm of life comes your way, remember that it’s just another opportunity to learn how to sail your ship. You’ve weathered tough moments before, and you will weather them again. Each storm shapes you, guides you, and propels you towards the person you are meant to be.

As you set sail on your journey through life, embrace the challenges, knowing that they are the winds that will eventually steer your ship in the right direction. Cherish your Kensho moments, for they are the catalysts of personal growth, and with each challenge, you become a stronger and more resilient navigator of life’s unpredictable seas.

One comment

  • Joseph Uimbia

    November 3, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Excellent read! Kensho moments indeed force us to grow.


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