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By. Coach Herbert.

As much as we love smooth waters, an Arab proverb states that smooth waters do not make skillful sailors. In this journey called life, the question is not, “Will storms arise?” Rather, the question is, “When will the next storm arise?” And even more important than that question is, “What type of person will I be when the next storm arises?” Advanced life skills are needed to navigate these sometimes treacherous waters.

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

Am in Defiance mood, the Doctor came to me two days after my operation he looks at me and said,” Man we struggled with your operation it’s amazing you made it, we thought we lost you when you couldn’t come back four hours after the operation that’s why we had to put you on oxygen support.

Adversity is a great test of our courage. Courage is an attribute that God demands of us as we trek the road of life. Let us look at courage from a scriptural stand point. There are several different uses in the Scripture. Understanding these uses can help us to be more courageous in our everyday walk with the Lord, and in the face of adversities that we might have to face.

My sisters and family get worried and gravely concerned when they hear of any sicknesses, being the only son that has survived a death ridden family lost my brothers, like dry leaves falling from a tree, such thoughts at times haunt me when am hit like I have been for the past months. A friend called me this week and said, “Herbert, what is it going on with your life,” I said I don’t know, but all I know I am under siege i have survived worse than these, bring them on.

I still feel the pain in my body and Doctors keep telling me conflicting statements even today, but believe you me am not gonna go out without a serious fight, I still have too much to offer in me I gotta be empty than die full. I remember attending my brothers’ burials and memorials, I could tell beyond the eyes of the elderly looking at me wondering what might be going through, my mind or thinking if I was ready to be next. My brothers died pretty young some having not reached 40 years, so eyes begin to wonder when they hear about Herb sick in bed.

My dad died full of life and years, am sure I can be hit left right and center but I am a champion am still here to speak as one of Africa’s freshest voice, am not afraid of death but am not going anywhere nah not now. I am not ready to be manure for trees hell no, The King is still around…I have survived recently accidents, robberies and attacks on my body but hey am good to go, my name is Herbert. It’s been a crazy moment yeah, am rolling up my sleeves and take another lick and another punch but the King still has something to say..

The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. I like this quote on eagles,” Eagles do not love storms, but they do take advantage of the strong winds associated with storms, as well as “updrafts” coming off hills and mountains. This helps them to gain altitude and set them up for a long, soaring flight to another location, especially when they migrate great distances north or south.”

When the storms of life come upon us – and all of us will experience them believe you me I can testify to that – we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God’s power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm.

I am not afraid neither is the time t afraid I have so much to look up to. I still have lots of pages to my life`s chapters not yet written. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down; it is how we handle them. This quote will change your mind set to life, “You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” -― Mandy Hale,-

I leave you to reflect on this statement. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” -― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross-