"Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm. When a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet smelling flower." (Jean Paul Richter, 1763-1825)
I write this to you from South Korea, sitting directly in the path of Typhoon Soulik. It should hit us sometime tomorrow, and, well, it should prove to be an interesting couple of days. (We'll be fine).
I'm not sure if the flowers here are starting to emit a stronger fragrance, but I do know this: When storms come our way (and they will if they haven’t already) we should do everything in our power to exude the kind of calm leadership that punctuates the air around us with soothing fragrance. We must pause and allow our principles to dictate our emotions, rather than the other way around.
That is no easy task, but it is a grown-up one that we can achieve. It is one that we must attempt; for if we don’t, we only end up feeding the storm and adding to its destruction.