I’ve been keeping a close eye on this storm, Sandy, even though it’s a very good distance from my neck of the woods. One reason is because one of my friends may be in harm’s way. Another is…because when Mother Nature talks, I listen. I, all too well, know the fear when a storm is approaching. I know that they don’t exactly know what’s going to happen so you don’t know whether to stay or run. I know the misery of having your life disrupted if the devastating reality that they predict does come to be. Those with means may have a leg up but these storms can be the great equalizer. They can make those with more means feel a little like those who have a lot less. May want to pay attention to that lesson. Learn a little empathy.
I think Mother Nature tries to teach us something with some of these events and like my mom, if I didn't listen, she found a way to get my attention. Mom was like that. Once she used an ice cooler up against the side of my head when I was ignoring her. She got my attention.
This storm is a phenomenon. Not something that is in Mother Nature’s usual bag of tricks. She might want to use something a bit unusual this time to get our attention. There are several other coincidences that I find interesting. Too much time to ponder these days. This phenomenon is at an unusual time and place. The time is right before a big ugly election and it is headed toward a place that represents a good bit of the greed and excess in this country and greed and excess seems to be at an all time high these days. I do realize that I have some crazy ponders. Really can’t prove that I’m wrong.
All disasters have one positive outcome. They give us the opportunity to help our fellow man/woman. You probably won’t ask if they are Republican, Democrat or Independent or who they plan to vote for or how much money they make or whether they are in this country legally, before offering that help. Disasters bring out the best of our humanity. Maybe that is what Mother Nature has in mind. Unfortunately, that lesson doesn't seem to stick for long.
Now if you want to think that my trying to find meaning in life’s events is nuts, that’s OK with me. One of the pluses of getting old is that I just don’t care that much what other people think of me anymore. I do to try to find some advantages of getting older because they aren't many. There is one other advantage, I got a cheaper fishing license.