8 Ways to Harness the Winds of Change

By Kristen K. Brown

“Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”  Unknown

In the car on the way to school, my toddler said, “It’s windy today.  Look – the trees are waving at me!”  As the wind swirled around us, the analytical yet simple mind of this two and a half year old immediately puts a profound spin on a common element of Mother Nature.  She doesn’t take the wind for granted and let it go unnoticed, but instead appreciates it and thinks the trees are waving at her – a cheery and universe-centric thought.  After I dropped her off at school, I drove home, thinking about the force of the wind. 

It isn’t something we can see, yet we never question its existence.  We feel it in our hair; we see its effects in the environment around us – but we can’t see the wind itself.  Like the wind, there are so many forces at work in our lives that we can’t see, but we feel them every day like work stress, family pressures, the need for self-care and ongoing spiritual development.  Sometimes it feels like these forces are pulling and pushing us instead of us deciding what things affect us.  How can we take back control of these forces that tend to spin out of control when focus is not placed on them? 

  1. Take a step back and assess your situation.
  2. Determine the areas that are sucking your energy or demanding more of your time than you have to give.
  3. Take a long walk in nature to re-center yourself.
  4. Start saying no to things that aren’t at the core of your passions.
  5. Eliminate clutter from your environment and your mind.  Purge closets, clean the garage, meditate to get rid of negative thoughts or get a massage to release pent up stress.
  6. Take deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed.
  7. Re-prioritize the things in your life that should be on top – family, yourself, friends and spirituality.  Work stress should come last.
  8. Be thankful for what you have.

If we take conscious steps to get the forces in our life back under our own control, we will feel more grounded and at peace with the winds of fate that swirl around us.

Kristen Brown


Kristen Brown is a widow mom and the founder of WidowMommy.com, an author, entrepreneur, radio host and speaker. Learn more about her and her companies at www.KristenKBrown.com.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: