Lessons learned from a hurricane

The universe is a funny place. Sometimes you feel like you can never catch a break, other times you feel like life is falling into place…and then a hurricane hits. Sometimes the hurricane is metaphorical. For me, today, it’s literal and her name is Florence.

It’s been a tumultuous year and a half, but we were finally getting settled into a new city, new home, new friends…new life. And yet today, as I sit coming to terms with the fact that life is certainly about to be very uprooted and chaotic again, I am reminding myself of a few things.

You don’t know what the universe has in store for you, all you can do is hop on board and enjoy the ride.

Sometimes it’s scary, there’s just no doubt about that, but giving into fear and anxiety will not serve you and cannot help the situation. Some things are out of your control, and trying to change them is counter-productive. Be prepared, take action where you can, and then just breathe.

 In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. Find the joy.

It’s just stuff

Our homes are our safe places, havens, sanctuaries. Hopefully they are filled with things that bring you joy. But here’s the thing…it’s just stuff! Most of it can be replaced, some of it can’t, but your memories are yours and can’t be taken from you. Your health and safety are priceless and irreplaceable.

 In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. Let Go.

 This is not the time to judge

We all travel our own path, and what feels right for some may not for others. There is never a time to judge others, but this is particularly true during times of stress and upheaval. Decisions are made based on inputs and emotions that you are not privy to. People may do something you would not, or vice versa…so be it.

In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. Accept it.

 A little compassion goes a long way

During times of stress emotions run high. Rather than reacting to the sharpness or aggression of others, try showing them some support and love. When you see first responders or rescuers, offer your help to them instead of only worrying about what they haven’t yet accomplished. When you hear of stores being looted, take a moment to understand the desperation in their lives that drove their actions. We are all members of a global community and these are times to treat each other as family.

 In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. Love.

 Gratitude will get you through

Even at times when you feel like all is lost there is always something to be grateful for. Maybe it’s your loved ones, ore the shining sun, or the air in your lungs. There is always something. Let it be your strength, your crutch, and your guiding light.

 In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. Give Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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