Good morning. Although our family weathered #Irma unscathed, many of us are using it as sort of a reset: looking for ways to help others, making sure we’re prepared for the next one, and sorting through our personal reactions and lessons. We are heartbroken about the tragedies taking place in Puerto Rico and Mexico right now and would send “thoughts and prayers” if we weren’t so sick of politicians saying those words while doing nothing meaningful to help. Photo ops detract from rescue efforts.
The other thing many of us are trying to sort out: why is everyone feeling so fuzzy-headed? 100% of local friends and neighbors report feeling off-balance and a bit mentally slow — so I put together a few quotations that may or may not be relevant. I hope you enjoy them.
There are some things you learn best in calm, some in storm. – Willa Cather
We adore chaos because we love to produce order. – M. C. Escher
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. Vincent van Gogh
It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm & defy it. Amelia Barr
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order. – Carl Jung
Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes. – Ludwig van Beethoven
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Melody Beattie
Are you weathering some kind of storm? What brings you hope and comfort? I look forward to your comments.