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Landon Saunders

            I received a letter from a sensitive woman who expressed her thoughts in a way that touched me. She wrote: “It’s raining outside. A tornado ripped through Missouri and Kansas. News reports said the damage would run into the millions of dollars. The governor has declared a state of emergency.”

         Then she shifted her thoughts. “It’s raining inside too,” she wrote. “The storm hit and no one was around to estimate the damage. I’m too scared to look. How do you assess the wreckage of your life? How do I declare a state of emergency?”

         Does that speak to you? Is it raining inside your life? Sometimes the awareness of what’s happening is all that we need to begin dealing with our problems. Sometimes it’s enough just to know that it’s raining inside.

         I’ve seen what often happens in the rain—friends, and sometimes total strangers will share an umbrella with each other.

            Is it raining inside your life? Take a risk. Let someone know. It could be the first step to coming in out of the rain.

            There is an old proverb that says, “Rain does not fall on one roof alone.” You are not alone.

            And it’s good to be reminded that it’s not weakness to say: I hurt. I need help. It’s a beautiful expression of our humanity.

            I like Marion Wright Edelman’s thought: “Be kind. Everyone is fighting a secret battle.”

            We can start by being kind to ourselves. And then extending that kindness to someone else who seems to be having a hard time in life.

            Again I’m reminded of a powerful thought: “We’re all on the same boat in a storm-tossed sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.”

COMING MONDAY: Build a Bridge Out of Loneliness

[This is an excerpt from, How To Win 7 Out Of 8 Days A Week by Landon Saunders which is out of print and used by permission. In 2024 we will work through the entire book, with posts two or three times a week. – Geoffery Moore, Editor]