It’s been a flurry of activity here, some of it very productive and therefore pleasant, but some very frustrating and yet valuable as I learned a lot!

The valuable, yet frustrating nature of a steep learning curve is that you really do engage deeply with the problem you are facing, and when you do eventually come out the other end, you can find your feet again from a new place with more certainty about what you are doing!

These times can provide a rare clarity in our journey before we go back to muddling along, fairly content, but relatively unchallenged.

So, I have come to both dread and appreciate life’s challenges, and to treasure the clarity that comes in the calm after the storm.

A very popular quote, originally from Jake Remington, comes to mind as I write,

“Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You can not withstand the storm.

‘ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm. ‘

So, when you are assailed by challenges, just whisper it to yourself, ‘I am the storm’, and pull on your big girl knickers and meet the challenge head on!