As I sit to pen this blog on the 7th of September, to be posted on September 11th, I have no idea along with thousands of others whether or not the electric will be on and if I will still be alive. That is the status for many of us as we await the horrific hurricane of Irma in 2017. Yes, I have survived another hurricane in 2005, Wilma, without power for 10 days. However, this time it feels a lot more scary. I ask myself if this is because I never experienced a hurricane where I moved to on the West Coast of Florida, or is it because I am solo? Or perhaps it really is because the uncertainty of the storm’s landfall is so unknown and its’ aftermath.
This is why I entitled my blog Dust in the Wind. It may not be a happy thought; however, it is the truth. In essence, when all is left of our pulverized bones, that is what we become, dust in the wind. All of our struggles, strivings and problems seem so small in comparison to nature over which we have NO CONTROL. Did you know that our bodies are composed of mostly water, approximately 98% and our physical structure is made up of elements in the earth, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, etc? Don’t mean to startle anyone. I am reminded of something my Dad passed on to me about “tikkun olam” which is Hebrew for repairing or healing the world. That is supposedly one of our missions as humans while we are here. Try to leave the world a little better than the way you found it.
At this point, you might be asking yourself why am I reading this. What happened to positive thinking and being all you can be? Nothing at all, those ideas are still important and they too are a part of the transitory nature of life. When we are younger, certain things are more important to us and as we get older, much of that changes. It comes with the territory so to speak of inhabiting a new way of life. The things that were important before may fall by the wayside and become replaced by other more important matters.
It is rather timely that in one of my classes this week we were talking about survival based on some true stories we read of amazing situations that people overcame. We spoke about the need to be flexible and adaptable to changing situations. Watching the news tonight seems like a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Many people stranded at airports or stuck on road ways, or plum out of gas.
In closing, maybe this blog will remind you to take nothing for granted. Nothing is promised and each day we are here is an opportunity for some measure of growth, even if that includes relaxing when you can which is crucial to mental well being. So how do you relax when a level 5 hurricane is being announced non-stop and headed in your direction? My answer is to go with the flow and do the best you can. What else can you do? Help your neighbors, etc. We are all in this together. That is the bottom line. No one gets out of life alive! Sorry! If you need to talk, feel free to call or contact me. My best to us all.