I was watching a Sunday morning show which asked viewers what percentage of natural disasters were climate change related over last 20 years; 91% according to UN agency which tracks such things.
Whatever life brings by luck of birth, by connections or by our own works – can be swept away by stiff breeze or something stronger. Life’s storms aren’t limited to weather:
Replace tornado with divorce.
Replace flood with business failure.
Replace crop failure with homelessness.
Replace foreclosure with dementia.
Replace hope with despair.
Replace truth with lies.
So much to lose, possibly everything. Are we prepared?
We can insure many risks – just things and money.
What about losing our minds, our will, or our sense of funny?
Look around your life for a minute; ask, “how could I manage if everything could be wiped out in an overnight storm?”. I’m not trying to make everyone fear tornados at night – but rather suggesting we think about risk differently. And opportunity differently too.
Being grateful for what we have, however much we have, does not mean we cannot be ambitious or even greedy about wants and desires. We need remember, no matter how much we strive for and achieve it can all evaporate before our eyes, or before morning.
Looking on the bright side, is easy.
Tomorrow always comes.
Sleep cures nearly everything that bothered us yesterday.
The day after tomorrow is not driven by bad weather or good fortune as much as it is driven by what we do, where we are and because of what we believe in.
If we believe in ourselves it seems to me we are nearly there.
p.s. let’s use less plastic, no straws and back off the A/C; tiny changes in what we do will make an incremental difference. Individually, a little bit. Together, a lot more.
Wow Mark….that (solitary confinement) is a coincidence. I was awake at 3 am this morning and somehow I was thinking of this exact topic. So much so, that I penciled a note to visit the dictionary and legal definition. Great minds?, TL, Calgary, AB
Getting all metaphysical on me here Mark? WTFN? I love how you expressed that. How about this? “To know and feel all this and not have the words to express it makes a human a grave of his own thoughts.” - John Donne. I’m moving back to Alberta in September. Naturally a visit with you springs to mind. I will let you know when I’m available and if that works for you too I’d welcome an opportunity to visit for a bit, DM, Ladysmith, BC