Be The Wind

Hey there!

Chances are if you are a Virginia Tech student you experienced being practically blown across the Drillfield the past few weeks because of the crazy wind.  I am going to try to relate the rest of this blog post to that wind- we’ll see how it goes.

The other day I was sitting in my room and my suitemate, Allison, played Ben Rector’s song “Forever Like That.” Some of the lyrics are below.

“I’ll carry your burdens and be the wind at your back.  I wanna spend my forever – forever like that”

If you have listened to this song before you know that this verse is referencing a more romantic relationship but I think the meaning can be stretched further than that.  Read that first sentence again- “I’ll carry your burdens and be the wind at your back.”

I have a distinct memory during elementary school when we had to run laps around the track and the wind was so strong it was propelling us forward, and we all pretended we were flying. As funny as the mental image of a bunch of fourth graders pretending to fly looks- so much of the burden of actually running was taken off because the wind was pushing us towards the final destination so quickly.  We felt like we were flying.

I believe that as people, we are called to be the wind at other’s backs.  We are called to be the push that can make other’s feel as if they are flying.  We are called to propel people forward, and simultaneously take some of their burdens away. We are called to be the wind, the constant encouragement, behind dreams and goals.

Be The Wind

If you think about it- “wind” is not something that can be seen. We see the impacts of wind, we see the difference it makes in the environment around us, we see it’s constant power through displacement of physical objects, but we never actually can SEE wind.

Feeling the need to receive recognition for being a “good person” is a fault that I struggle with on a daily basis- I forget that the most powerful acts of friendship and leadership happen when ZERO recognition is received.   Just like wind- we should rising up to be difference makers with no expectation for recognition, no expectation for applause, and no expectation for “likes.” Just like the wind, we should step up to be the difference makers, because that is what is going to change the world, but more importantly- that is what loving people is about.

So, in the coming weeks, as you get blown around your respective city or campus, remember what that wind is doing. The wind is pushing you forward, the wind is a constant reminder of what we should be striving to do every day. We should be the wind at other’s backs.

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Much Love,

Hadley Carter {happy hc}

Patience Is A Virtue

Hey there!

Welp- the cold weather has officially hit us here in Blacksburg.  Send thoughts and well wishes please (I am only kidding a little).

Today, I am just going to jump right into what has been on my heart and mind for a few months now.

Is there anything that you feel like you have been waiting for, and waiting for, and then waiting a little bit more recently?

I was sitting in Bible Study with some of my sisters in ADPi and as we went around and said prayer requests and we noticed that everyone’s request centered on waiting.  Whether it was waiting for travel plans, waiting for people, waiting for future job opportunities, waiting for grad schools, waiting to make important decisions, etc. it all seemed like we were just “waiting.”

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with waiting and patience.  

I have a distinct memory of my best friend, Julia, looking at me one day in middle school, and saying, “Hadley, patience is a virtue.  And it is one that you do not possess.” As much as we would laugh about that phrase back then, Julia was right about me, and her statement continues to be right today.

patience

I believe that the concept of “patience” and “waiting” is something that we as individuals struggle with immensely on a daily basis.  Once we figure out plans or goals that we consider the “right” path we work as hard as possible to make it happen as fast as possible. We move from thing to thing, goal to goal, in hopes of stepping on that next stone as fast as we can, as if we were chasing to some sort of finish line.

My roommate Maddie can attest to the fact that the topic of “patience”, and everything that comes along with it, has literally kept me up at night.  The college years are filled with lots of preparation- it is literally your last time to “prepare” for the “real world.”  But at times I think we forget that preparation and patience are both part of the journey.  There are so many things that college students are working towards, and often times I believe that we develop tunnel vision where we want to desperately get to the next step, desperately want to see our future, and desperately want to move on from our waiting stages.  We so desperately want to reach these goals, get to these places, achieve what we think is “right”, that we tend to lose sight of what is around us and how far we have come.

I fall into this “tunnel vision” trap all the time.  As soon as I think I have my future figured out in one area of life, I assume that is the only path for me, and get very frustrated when I have to practice patience. I forget that patience plays JUST as an important of a role as actually getting to that dream you have.

The growth you will experience while in this “patience stage” means that you are hardly waiting around for the next stone to jump on or the next door to open.  Through the patience you grow, you develop, you change, you work hard, and you learn.  You are not just “sitting around”, you are serving a purpose through your time of anticipation and work towards your future.

So if you are anything like me, and you have experienced a lot of frustration because you are playing the “waiting game”, remember that there IS a point to it.  This is a time when you are becoming a better version of yourself, this is a time when you can take a moment and realize how patience in the past has grown you to where you are right now, this is a time to dream about the future but stay grounded in what you have been blessed with right now, this is a time to grow, this is a hugely important time.  

Patience truly is a virtue because patience is what makes us into the people we are today. So, today as challenging as it may be, let’s celebrate patience because it has molded our past and will be sure to bless our future.

Have a wonderful week!

Much Love,

Hadley Carter {happy hc}