I woke up Saturday morning a little later than usual because my meditation alarm didn’t sound. The power was out in my home. After making a few phone calls I learned that I was one of the 1.5 million people that had lost power because of a violent storm that swept through the Washington DC metropolitan area the night before. I had awakened to an act of nature. I found a friend who allowed me to spend the day with her and continue to work on my projects so I headed up the road two counties over to where she lived. As I was driving I had an unusual thought, I actually enjoy these unexpected times when nature creates diversions in our lives. Don’t get me wrong, my entire schedule was thrown off by the thought of not having power for the next seven days and I had to do some major reshuffling to stay on track with my deadlines. However, I really enjoy the sense of community and fellowship that always comes out of these major natural disruptions. For example my friend that I drove up to see, I love her and always enjoy her company. I don’t see her much and I wouldn’t be seeing her today except for the fact that I need to use her electricity and internet. About six years ago there was a hurricane that caused power to be out for 4 days. Our food was going bad so my friends and I had a cookout to salvage our food. It was a blast. In the last snowstorm I finished two books and had some heavy duty conversations with God.
It seems to me among all the disruptions there are opportunities to slow down and connect with ourselves and the people we love. It is like the universe is tapping on our shoulder and asking us to just be present in the moment and remember what is important, our relationships by savoring the simple moments, laughing, and talking with the people in front of us. Even getting sleep when the sun goes down helps. Being flexible when our schedule gets taken out of our hands is also important, but so is counting our blessings for what we may be taking for granted. Electricity, internet, air conditioning, support from friends, family and neighbors, these are all gifts that can be taken away swiftly with no notice. I am grateful for all these things and every time mother nature reminds us of her supreme power, I appreciate the community and thank God for all the things I have access to that I take for granted.