Mother Nature is a cruel mistress

As haunters, we are often faced with the adversities of the weather on some level or another. Poor weather keeps Trick-or-Treaters at bay. Decor is often the victim of rain, wind, sleet and snow. This time of year is known for a wide range of weather conditions that many of us are forced to contend with. It is said that Mother nature is a cruel and unforgiving mistress. While I as well have endured my share of weather woes, this has never been so evident as it was this morning.

On what was an otherwise beautiful morning, we were blessed with unexpected winds. While most of the time, these winds were no more than a stiff breeze, they were accompanied by these occasional, angry little bursts. I didn’t realize the winds had even started until we heard and dull “thump” from outside. Kristy quickly inquired as to the source of the noise, and then just as quickly realized. “Don’t tell me that was the…” she exclaimed, and before she could finish I was already at the window to confirm. “Yep, the gates blew over” was all I could say.

The gravity of the event didn’t really hit me at first. Even as i stood before the shattered wreckage of what was once my beautiful archway, the disbelief held fast. I’m not exactly sure why, but that sinking feeling of defeat just never struck me. Perhaps it was the fact that I never really look at the situation for what had happened to the piece, but rather I viewed it for I could do to remedy the damage. Another one of life’s little challenges. I guess I’ve always tried to view life’s challenges as an opportunity to grow.

When it feels as though life has knocked you down, you have two choices. You can lay there, accept defeat and wallow in your sorrows, or you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and accept the challenge that lays before you. You might just find that you have what it takes to overcome, to endure or succeed. You might find that things were never really as bad as they might have appeared. Or you might find, when the door to the path in front of you was closed and you felt alone and in the dark, that all you needed to do was to look around to see that a whole exciting new path lay before you. And even if you find that, no matter how hard you’ve tried, you simply cannot overcome your given challenge, don’t view it as a failure, but see it for what you have gained, for what you have learned and how you have grown.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
~ Thomas A. Edison