A Stormy Season
Though June is upon us, in Chicago we have been experiencing abnormal weather. It’s been very up and down, cold one day and hot the next! The past couple weeks and week to come, there has been daily downpour of rain and some severe storms.
The weather outside in many ways has been a metaphor for some storms in my life. In the past few weeks there has been a whirlwind of events that have affected close people in my life. One of my BFFs lost a stepson, another BFF is coming to terms with the decision to end her marriage, while a very close family member is also dealing with her divorce being finalized.
2 days ago, our country faced a major trajedy when 9 people were massacred by a gunman who walked into a church bible study in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Like most around the world that have heard this news, I am in shock. I am also angry that we live in a country where people are being murdered for the mere color of their skin. There are so many layers to this particular hate crime, but at the end of the day, the family and friends of 9 people have been devastated by a major storm personally, and as a nation, as a black race, we face this storm together.
In the midst of this stormy season, there has been rays of sunshine. I had the honor of coordinating a 50th Birthday celebration for another BFF. It’s been 3 weeks and she hasn’t stopped thanking me. For me, there is no greater satisfaction than knowing I honored someone and left them feeling like royalty.
Storms don’t last always…thank God, but when you’re in the midst of one, it’s scary, especially with the extra factors like lightening and thunder. The storms in life are the same way…they are momentary and there is always sunshine.