This pandemic has been tough for most of us. Re-emerging together is likely to add its own level of complication and challenges. While it’s remarkably easy to get sucked into the difficulty of the journey, the zillions of destinations are worth the challenge… take it from the 17-year cicadas…

Cicadas go through a strenuous journey (see in video), but ultimately make their way to the top of the tree where they mate and sing.

All of our journeys are fraught with challenges, and yet the journey is made so much more enjoyable when we remember the journey includes challenge and triumph. Wherever you are in your journey, remember you are exactly where you’re meant to be, challenges prepare us for beautiful songs, our shells do fall away, and we’re given time in hibernation (seemingly not progressing) for good purpose.

Often, it’s hard to see the masterpiece while in the making — difficulties can cloud our vision — and yet, the masterpiece is still coming together. Lean in, trust, and be patient (with yourself, your friends, family, colleagues, and complete strangers) as we step into this new normal.

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