Storms are a part of life as is the Sun

I have been without what is called power.  That meant for my family there was no electricity, gas, water, and sometimes food, clothing, and shelter. 

When Hurricane Ida swept through New Orleans and left me and countless others without electricity, safe passage through streets, without roofs, broken windows, uprooted trees, lost trash cans, and access to the basics such as fresh food, household comforts, gasoline for vehicles, generators, lawnmowers, and the like; I was reminded that the hurricane and its aftermath can be just as frightening as the fierce wind, rampant waters and unsettling sound of crashing, falling and transformer explosions.

 

The stores, restaurants, libraries, post offices, regulatory bodies, long-term care facilities, and some medical environments were closed. In far too many cases people were left in peril.  These were reminiscent of moments described in the book written by Octavia Butler, the Parable of the Sower.  The major difference was communities came together, outsiders bought needed supplies and services and yet - we were hot and without electricity.

This storm moment aftermath lasted days, weeks, and perhaps months and years for others.  Hurricanes come as do storms, natural disasters, wars, and evil acts that kill, name, and destroy.  But did you also notice that good emerges from the rubble? No electricity meant - we have to truly see the other, be with those we have only passed by, go to sleep at a reasonable hour, invent strategies for survival, and when wise share and receive resources from unexpected people and places.

Our opportunity is to pay attention to storm warnings, prepare, heed safety instruction and see all others with compassion as yourself. For many of us in this city, electricity is spotty like a time I was in Ghana west Africa and yet we ate.  The heat made it difficult to sleep - but my child hardship survival lessons came in handy - hydrate, be still, and breathe deeply.  Do what you can, share what you have, applaud your best efforts, and learn.  Yes, I slept on the floor barely dressed, and prayed for a breeze while sucking on ice if I had it.

You can make it through storms of your making or inheritance.  Be present, listen, and seek the best solutions. Be open to advice with thought partners. Surrender to the truth at the time - this thing is happening and you are in it.  It is your turn to learn storm living. Never give up, your relief is near. Own your emotions. Feel the fear and breathe. Act with courage remembering those who came before us made it, you will make it one way another.  You got this. You have everything you need.  So, when people ask what they can do to help, respond mindfully. Ask what they are offering? Tell the truth - I don't know what I need right now but am open to offerings.  Lastly, in every situation express gratitude. That is always the door opener for growth and a new future.

Each of us is stronger than we realize. Just because you don't want to be in the storm doesn't that it will go away.  What I have learned is, whatever is mine to learn, I will learn it where ever I am.  Make the most of each moment. You got this. You have a host of supporters. You have something to share with the right persons under the right set of circumstances.  You are storm-ready.

  

Peace, Denise