Though compared to other parts of the world which have known far greater degrees of devastation than we have experienced here in America, this past week brought those of us in the northeast torrential rains which pounded our roadways, knocked out our power, injured hundreds of people, killed others, and forced us to witness and be victimized by the forces in nature’s that can be devastatingly destructive.
While we can’t possibly know what it is like for those in Haiti, for example – people who are still in shock, most homeless and without life’s basic necessities such as food, water, and medicines – it is true that no matter how resilient and resourceful many of us think we are, there are times when certain catastrophes make us feel that not only are our lives in jeopardy but our ability to cope seems too far out of reach. Fear overrides all else.
Sadly, for some of us it’s not possible to rally our reserves; it is, indeed, too daunting. And, yet, when the vicious winds die and the rains cease, most of us are able to pick up the pieces and move on.
What’s perhaps most difficult to alter are the images that remain in our memories of the familiar trees that had adorned our streets so gracefully before the storm but have since crashed down across our road or onto a neighbor’s roof, on top of another’s car, and even killed people en route home from religious services. Those images and occurrences are enough to make many of us feel not merely fragile but totally powerless, totally at the mercy of what some call nature’s fury and others call God’s wrath.
For me, for today, at least, even with the the fallen trees and all the debris still visible – as the sun is shining and the sky is awash with the purples and pinks that just days ago had disappeared from view – I am stopping to catch my breath and to be grateful for all that I DO have.
For those of you who may have been less fortunate, I hope you are receiving the assistance needed to help restore a semblance of normalcy to your lives and, perhaps more importantly, the emotional strength and HOPE needed to allow you to move forward.
With warmest regards,