Calvin Strachan | What do you do in the middle of a storm?
Over the span of my career I've held many roles, most of which required me to perform under massive pressure.
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What do you do in the middle of a storm?

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog and the reason for that is, authenticity. I was going through a major test, actually several tests in 2017. There has been a lot of transition this year, and it has taken me time to come back to serve you at the highest level.

I’m not saying that as just as a phrase or a cliché, I really mean that. I felt awkward putting up a post when I myself was out of alignment.

Recently, I had a chance to watch The Truman Show. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it but the final scene in the movie really stood out to me this time. In case you haven’t seen it The Truman Show stars Jim Carrey and Ed Harris. Jim Carrey plays a character named Truman, who lives in a man made fantasy world designed by Ed Harris’ character Kristoff. Everything Jim’s character did was recorded for people to watch on television all around the world.

At the end of the film, Truman is trying to get away from this manmade world. To get freedom. He’s longing for something more. He believes something more is possible, but the whole world around him is designed to keep him contained.

Truman has a fear of water and Kristoff knows that. So as Truman tries to sail away Kristoff throws storms at him and makes really rough waves. Creating a situation that would be extremely difficult for anyone to escape and impossible for someone with a fear of water.

At this point in the film, Truman’s had enough. He wants more. He’s going for more. This is it.

Kristoff intensifies the storm. Increasing the waves, the rain, wind and the thunder and lightining. Even with the additional adversity Truman keeps going through the storm. Kristoff turns to the production team on the Truman Show, and says, “He’ll turn back, he’ll be too afraid t.”

That line penetrated me ’cause we’re in the audience watching this. Watching Truman, who’s terrified and still enduring the waves and the twists and the turns, and he’s petrified, but he keeps moving forward.

There’s a great phrase that says,

``You can't get the blessing without the test.`` In other words, if there is no test, there is no blessing.

So in the film, here’s Jim going through this test, and you’re in the audience rooting for him, cheering for him, “keep going, Truman”.

All of a sudden he makes it through and his boat pierces the production set and he realizes he’s done it, he’s found more. He’s found his way out. And for the first time in his life he actually exits the set.

It’s just an incredible scene. It was so awesome, so inspiring, so motivating.

But when you’re going through the test yourself, it’s not so motivating. There’s no audience cheering you on. There’s no one there hoping you’re gonna make it. It’s just you in the middle of the storm. Even though, they may be there not too far away, saying, “Ya, we hope you can do it.”  When you’re in it, it’s hard to see them.

What I want you to understand is, you have to find a way to hold on.

If you can hold on through the test your blessing will come. It’s a law of nature. It’s like the seasons. What follows winter? Spring.  It’s just the way it goes. It’s the same for your test. What follows your test, is your blessing.

What I want you to do here is make sure that whatever you’re going through, hang on. Hold on. It will turn. It may not happen overnight. I can’t promise you that, but it will turn. If you find a way to endure the test, you’ll find a way to win.

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