So often, the news can be polarizing. This week was no exception.
I watched THE royal interview like millions and millions of us on both sides of the pond. But the lens that I use is different. I’m not watching it for the tea or just to know. Anything that I consume, I want it to help me grow. I truly want to learn something that will stick with me as the years go on.
Pause: If you don't know what I'm referring to (and if you have 86 minutes to spare), you can watch the CBS interview by clicking here.
Now I learn best through stories. If you want to teach something to me, the best way is to put an illustration behind it.
It works for a lot of people. The other day, our kindergartener -- who’s learning subtraction -- asked for a honey bun. I said, sure. She went to get one and came back and said this: “Mommy, there were 2 honey buns in the box and I took 1 away, so now there’s 1 honey bun. Is that subtraction?” ⇐ see how powerful that is?!
Watching the royal interview, I had 3 major life lessons that will stick me for quite a while. Check them out and then let me know what stuck out for you:
1) You never truly know what someone else is experiencing
This is something that we hear about so often, and we typically equate that to how we, ourselves, have the weight of the world on our shoulders without seemingly having a hair out of place to those around us. In the royal interview, Meghan mentioned moments when she felt obligated to smile and be “on” while in public when she was literally facing the hardest struggle of her life behind closed doors.
As we move through life, it’s so important to remember that EVERYONE is battling something right now. Whether they share it or not, it’s there and it’s real. Be kind.
2) Dark spots exist, even in high places
I felt this one so deeply. All too often, we think that life will be better once _____ happens -- whether we’re waiting on a new job, a new car, a new opportunity, marriage, parenthood, etc. But the fact is that the way life goes, there will never be a place that you are completely free of struggles and pain and headaches.
The bible is clear. In this life, we will have struggles.
They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord. - Jeremiah 1:19
This is non-negotiable. However, this life is fleeting and when we stay rooted in the Word, we can have peace knowing that He will deliver us.
3) Never be too distracted that you can’t the meaning in the small things
This last point is important to me, as I stated early on. In the interview, Meghan stated how she saw her life playing out in the movie, The Little Mermaid -- marrying a prince, losing her voice, and getting her voice back. While the connection she made could seem like a sad one, I find joy in the fact that even in the midst of her struggle, she was seeking a way to understand everything that was happening around her.
Like I said previously, there’s a message in EVERYTHING if we look hard enough. God places things in our path not just for entertainment but to build us up.
So what were your takeaways from the royal interview? Did you watch it and see something different? I’d love to know!