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It’s a Matter of Perspective

As creative beings made in the image of the Creator of the Universe we create our own world. The tools we use to do this are our thoughts and emotions. What we thing about what happens to us is more important then the actual events themselves.

As I am writing this I have just returned from my morning walk. There is a large power company truck down by the water working on the lines. When I first saw the truck I was on the same level walking toward it. That power truck looked huge.

I went on to finish my walk and as I was walking down the hill I was looking at the same truck from above it. It appeared much smaller. An important lesson on perspective. Whether physical, mental or emotional perspective, it all matters.

The power company was here to repair lines damaged in a storm. We also had damage from the storm which will require a new roof. In the aftermath of such storms it is always tempting to be dramatic and turn everything into a dire catastrophe. I am not immune to this. But this time it was limited to a few moments of “what are we going to do?” Those only lasted until I realized we have people in place to help with these things. We live in the woods. Tree parts fall. That’s why we have insurance. When we stopped and realized what was ours to do and did it, the professionals we pay to do these things did their jobs.

When things happen, and they will, it is important to guard our thoughts. First from ourselves and then from others around us. Trying to move into the future and worrying about “what ifs” will only distract from doing what needs to be done in the here and now. There may be people looking at your circumstances who are very worried about your reaction (or lack thereof) to your circumstances. There are people who are worriers. There are also trouble makers. Let them be who they are and do what they do, but don’t let them into your head. Don’t let them disturb your peace or change your mind.

Finally when the storms come (whether literal or figurative) it is important to find things to be grateful for. Start with just one thing. There is so much to be grateful for in our recent storm. Bob, Callie and I weren’t hurt. The tree just damaged the roof, it did not fall into the house, we were not trapped inside or under the tree. Things can be replaced, lives can’t. We did not have water damage from the heavy rains. We have insurance. Our agent and adjuster responded quickly. We have a roofer in our community.

Next time you encounter a storm in life remember it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you think and react to the events. Change your perspective and you will change your outcome.

Living Through the Perfect Storm

We are living through what seems like never-ending storms on a variety of levels.  It has been raining here in Oklahoma — a lot.  The lake is rising and a few homes in our community are sitting in water.  Thankfully, ours is not one of them.   Spring is also tornado season which means spending time with neighbors crowded into a small makeshift “storm shelter.”
While the waters are rising change is in the air in our private community and in the absence of an official announcement rumors are spreading like wildfire.  Retired folks and uncertainty aren’t a good combination.
Bob is also dealing with some minor medical issues which means doctors and waiting room time for me.  Not something I’m good at.
After three days of a horrible headache and feeling like I was being battered by my own storm I started realizing what a few of the lessons in all this might be.
1.  Trust God.
2.  Always ask “is this mine?” when feeling overwhelmed by physical symptoms or strong emotion.  As an empath I have a tendency to pick up other people’s stuff without realizing it.  A daily practice of releasing what may actually belong to others is important.
3.  Like minded people may be closer than you think.   When feeling overwhelmed we often feel alone.  Sometimes it takes awhile to realize we really aren’t.
4.  Water amplifies EVERYTHING.  From weather conditions (physical storms) to strong emotions from others (psychic storms) to our own concerns and worries, energy carries an extra charge when you add large amounts of water to the equation.  I was not prepared for this one.
5.  When you live with nature you have to play by her rules.  Some things just can’t be controlled.
6.  During a storm is not the time to be lax with spiritual practice.  When we become overwhelmed it can feel like something has to go, we can’t do everything.  Prayer, meditation, reflection, reading sacred texts, and gentle movement are not things to let go of during stormy times.
We all encounter storms in life.  It is important to remember the storm will not last forever and to carry on with spiritual practices that keep us grounded and remind us who we are.
Blessings to everyone and may you be safe, well and dry.

Till the Storm Passes By

You learn to live with storms in the American Midwest, but I don’t think you ever get used to them.  We live in a manufactured home.  Thankfully, they aren’t built like they used to be.  Newer models have vinyl or wood siding and shingled roofs, so we don’t have to deal with the sound of rain on a metal roof.  But we live in a wooded area full of walnut and pecan trees so when it storms along with rain and possibly hail, tree branches and nuts fall as well.  The first time we had a good storm it sounded like we were being bombed.

Early yesterday morning when I woke up to the sound of falling rain (and nuts) I also heard the old gospel song Till the Storm Passes By.  I hope you will enjoy and find comfort in this version by Vestal Goodman.