That’s what we are in right now when it comes to the pandemic. If the pandemic is a three-day event, we are definitely in Day 2. That’s the insight shared by Brené Brown in her most recent podcast. She talks about how, in every three-day workshop that she has ever led, the hardest part to get through is Day 2. She says…
“By day 2, you’re kind of in this dense fog where you don’t have the shiny possibility of day one or the running toward the finish line of day three. It’s like hitting the wall… if you’re a runner. Day 2 – the middle of anything – is the hardest part. It’s also the part where growth happens. The middle is messy, but it’s also where all the magic happens, all the tension that creates goodness and learning.”
There are lots of different ways of understanding this challenging middle period. Pilots call it “the point of no return,” the point in the flight where you have too little fuel to turn around and return to the originating airfield, so you have to go forward.
When it comes to the pandemic, we are in Day 2. We are in the messy middle. It’s like riding a roller coaster in the dark. We can’t anticipate the turns and the drops and we have no idea where the roller coaster is going and when it’s going to end.
So, how do we navigate the messy middle, Day 2, this rollercoaster we find ourselves on?
This is how Brown finishes up the podcast…
“No matter what the middle is, experience does not give us easy passage through struggle. Experience only grants us a little grace that whispers, “This is a part of the process. Stay the course. Stay the course.” We’re in Day Two friends, and again, experience doesn’t even give us a little spark of light in this mess right now, it only gives us a little bit of faith that we can navigate it together. Most of the time when we’re in complete darkness, we wave our arms around to reach out and grab someone who can walk with us, to get our bearings, to give us perspective, to hold on to. I think it’s that time. The middle is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens. If we believe in ourselves, if we reach out together, and if we lean into a little bit of that grace that says, “We can get through this.”
I would add that this messy middle is the place where God does God’s best work, the place God is mostly like to grab a hold of us and help us find our bearings.
How are you currently experiencing the messy middle? Who or what is giving you perspective? What practices are you using to get your bearings? What are you learning in this time? Let us know in the comments below.
-Written by Amy Miracle
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