Be True to Yourself During the Storm: A Lesson learned in Skippack

In Skippack Village, after Tropical Storm Sandy: however comfortable we become in our circumstances and routine, stability of any kind is not guaranteed

In Skippack Village, the morning after Tropical Storm Sandy; however comfortable we become in our circumstances and routine, stability of any kind is not guaranteed.

Three weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy blew through our beautiful village. Skies turned gray and rain and wind shook the upper floor of my home, reminding me that, however comfortable we become in our circumstances and routine, stability of any kind is not guaranteed.

But I would not have missed the storm; for the wind and rain had important lessons for the Skippack Blogger and even my beloved village. For all of us  must walk through a storm one time or another; the storm of changing fortune.

Winds of Change Pound the Skippack Blogger

The wind of the tropical storm was the wind of change. During the stormy days of the past few weeks, I left one job and began another.

Until recently, I was working from home. Now I commute into the big city, Philadelphia. I miss the freedom to walk into Skippack in the heart of the weekday, but like most people, the need to make a living overrides such considerations. Now I savor returning to my small warm village after a day of work in an anonymous big city.

After the storm: Skippack on a beautiful clear day. The power to handle life's challenges may seem hidden in troubled times, but like the sun, it is always there.

After the storm: Skippack on a beautiful clear day. The power to handle life’s challenges may seem hidden at times, but like the sun, it is always there.

Goodbye to my old source of a livelihood and hello to the new. Sometimes we sense within ourselves it is time to move on, like a bird before a storm, instinctively taking to the sky.

God gave me the ability to write and edit. I pack the gifts God gave me into a laptop computer bag, and take them to my new destination.  The day begins, I blend into the commuter crowd that pours out of the SEPTA train into Suburban Station.

Advice from the Skippack Web Guy

If we are lucky, a friend may help us get through a storm, by giving us a bit of wisdom as we get battered by wind and rain. When I went to my interview in Philadelphia for what would become my new job, Brad DeForest, the Skippack Web Guy and my creative partner on I Love Skippack, sent me a text message, a few words while I was in the cold city from my warm home town:

“Good luck with the interview. Be Yourself”

“Be yourself,” or as William Shakespeare put it; ”to thine own self be true.” The best advice a friend can offer, because it reminds me that the power lies within me to handle the challenges I face, with my career and other aspects of my life.

Friends, my loving wife, family, faith, the joy of living in Skippack — these are the things that keep the Skippack Blogger moving through the storm.