Be A Buffalo
June 1, 2023 | View PDF
We all deal with storms in our lives. Whether financial problems, health scares, or relationship issues, no one’s life is free of challenges. And we often don’t get to choose which storms pass through our life. The only choice we usually have is how we respond to those storms.
A dear friend recently shares with me a great metaphor looking at the different reactions between a herd of cows and a herd of buffalos when a storm approaches. The cows make what might seem the logical choice. They try to run away from the storm.
However, the problem is that cows are not very fast and hence can’t outrun the storm. Soon they get caught by the storm, and instead of outrunning it, they are running along with it, extending their pain and suffering.
The buffalo, on the other hand, do not try to run away from the storm. But they do not wait until it’s over either. Instead, they charge directly towards the storm. The buffalos run straight through the storm and, as a result, spend way less time in pain and frustration than the cows. By approaching the storm that way, the buffalos actively minimize their suffering.
I had not heard his metaphor before.
It really got me to thinking about life and responding to challenges. Which approach do you take? Do you try to run away from it, thinking you can outrun it or that the problem will take care of itself? Or do you face your life’s storms head-on and deal with them proactively as soon as they approach?
Dealing with challenges head-on might seem harder, but ultimately, it is the easier choice. You only prolong your frustration and suffering if you act like a cow.
Friends, choose to be the buffalo and face life’s storms head-on. You got this! If you want to be in the driver’s seat of your life, then start acting like a buffalo.
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.” John 14:27