Four long months later. Feels like years. Feels like yesterday. So much has happened for some. Nothing has happened for some. There are individuals and families who are still living with family or friends, others are living under a bridge, others are living in a home with concrete floors, no walls, and no appliances, living in tents outside of what was once their home, and others are in small campers or trailers waiting for ‘someone’ to do the next step along this long journey home.
As this year comes to an end and I remember the events of the previous 12 months — here locally and around the world, my heart feels so much emotion. I ache for some, I celebrate with others, and pray for all that their lows get higher and their highs get higher.
When major events like this flood happen, the process along the journey and up the steps back home have 3 major components —
Can I allow myself to grieve these enormous losses? Were those things really serving me? In what ways were they really and truly serving me? Will they need to be replaced? What, if anything, will fill its place? Who am I without them?
In my loss did I gain anything? What’s really important? What really matters? What is really and truly important to me? What can I NOT do without? What needed cleansing within me? What needed ‘to go’? What did I need to see but couldn’t because of all of the other ‘stuff’?
What am I grateful for now that ‘that’ is gone? Is this an end or a new beginning? One or the other? Both? Some of both?What new choices will I be able to make? Can I imagine that change can be a good thing? Do I feel relieved now that I have new choices to make? In this new space, can am I clearer to make new choices? Did I see something I had never realized before? What or who do I see now that I could not see before? Do I see myself more clearly? Did this event open my inner world to a whole new level of being? In what ways do I feel empowered to deliberately, purposefully, and with inspiration take the next steps?
As for me, I am grateful for the opportunities that I said yes to, honored to have helped others heal from their loss, and help them to rebuild from the inside out.
I learned that in any moment, life can change drastically, unexpectedly, and we are taken back to the beginning…the need to survive, the desire to live, the need for others.
I am grateful for the new friends I’ve made with people I did not know existed prior to this flood. I am grateful that through physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial abundance, we can each be the light in someone’s life when all else is dark.