I’ve been thinking a lot about storms lately. You need only to turn on your TV these days to feel your blood run cold.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain,” said the young rabbi.
Easy for him to say. He knows who he is, where he is, and where he is going.
The people coming to you for help are figuring-it-out-as-they-go, probably living hand-to-mouth – and for sure not dancing.
And, chances are you won’t make their storm pass because it has been raining a long time in their world.
However, maybe you can help them dance a little. Remember, you’re the ‘go to guy’ who changes things for the better. Right?
Please also remember that they are a lot like us in that they need to belong somewhere to someone for something.
Tell them you are not going to hold them accountable for their past…
…and tell them you only want to know them by their future…
…and tell them they can make a difference…
…and tell them their future can be brighter than their past.
Then, pause for a moment before you start helping them leave or change where they are so their toes can start tapping.
Yours will too.