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Terry Storch Dispatch w.37.2019
Pressure is a privilege, it only comes to those who earn it. - Billie Jean King
Summer is now behind us here in the Northern Hemisphere and we are transitioning into cooler weather, less swimming pool usage and new rhythms. For those of us with school-aged kids at home, those rhythms revolve around school, activities and some such. New rhythms for the Storch family include preparing and navigating college for Reia; tests, applications, scholarships, campus visits, and so much more. For Robin, she now has an official teaching job at a homeschool Co-op once a week, and is teaching Biology, Writing and History. For all of us, this time of year means high school football and cheerleading is in full swing...so on Friday nights you will find us under the bright stadium lights! New rhythms for Reese include her new-found excitement around tennis...so this is a true joy for Dad. Unfortunately for me, my calf tear has me sidelined for now, but I am optimistic to be back hitting with her in a matter of weeks. Your prayers are welcomed. :)
New rhythms and seasons can sometimes be daunting and overwhelming, but for the most part I love them. I really enjoy new things, different challenges and an overall change of scenery. Bring on the new season! The Storch family is excited, optimistic and ready.
My recent visit to the physical therapist (PT) reminded me of the value of pressure and stress. I have been seeing a PT to figure out a painful condition with my arm that seemed to develop recently while playing tennis. How ironic my therapy is not actually my calf...yet!?! Anyway, as we worked on my arm, we started moving past the pain (symptom) and chasing down the root cause.
Interestingly, as we started down a winding path seeking out the cause of my arm pain, we landed back to a nearly three decades old shoulder injury. The interesting part is the old shoulder injury has not really caused any issues or pain I can remember recently. But, with the extra load, stress and pressure that tennis has recently added to my shoulder, the old unresolved injuries created massive pain in my arm.
You see, the extra load and stress to my body revealed an issue or weakness that I didn’t realize existed, but has actually been with me for a long time. This quickly reminded me of this principle in life...it’s not how we are responding in the normal everyday that truly reveals our reality. A better view of our reality, a view of our true condition comes when the pressure mounts, when the load increases and we can see the cracks and issues that are masked when all is well.
I don’t think this should lead us to manufacturing load or stress; life will naturally produce those opportunities. For me, increased load and mental stress from my calf injury has caused me to dive into the root cause and emotional responses that have come up. You see, I have really been struggling mentally with being sidelined right now - and that struggle needs to be evaluated. It’s not time to ignore, isolate or justify; it's time to dig in and seek God and other trusted sources in order to be refined and grow closer in my walk with Christ.
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