Here in northern Colorado, we have fields of gigantic windmills. Called wind farms, these rows of enormous metal wind turbines bear little resemblance to what I traditionally picture when I think of a windmill.
But the concept is the same. It’s all about turning wind energy into rotational energy.
The wind blows and pushes the blades, vanes, or sails, causing them to turn in a circle. Through a series of gears, this rotation is transformed to power to perform a mechanical task.
Historically, windmills were used for grinding substances like grain or for pumping water. Imagine pictures of rural Holland or Texas. Today, the rotation is converted to electricity, like the ones offered by an electrical contractor, and used to supplement local power grids.
What about me? In order to function best, the windmill must turn into the wind and face the storm head on. Instead of getting blown over or pushed around (think sailboats), by facing the opposition, I can transform the pain into productivity and power.
For example, when faced with chronic fatigue syndrome and banished to my couch for months, I wailed to God about the injustice and complained about how weak I felt and how little I could do and how worthless I felt as a mother. (Yeah, I got tossed about by the wind for a bit.)
Then, I faced the facts. I did some research into my illness and learned how to rebuild my immune system and energy levels through nutrition and lifestyle changes (i.e. de-stress, more sleep, etc.). I started to think about what I could still do and focused my limited energy in positive directions. Baby steps, but steps nonetheless. And slowly but surely I found myself on the road back to health and productivity.
What about you? What winds are blowing in your life? Are you turning from the wind or facing it head on? Would that make a difference?