2012-12-21 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

What a time this has been since October 29, 2012. We did not expect such a storm to appear even though we were all warned of the confluence of events that would be happening. It is hard to imagine or believe that something new would occur after all these years. It is important to pay attention and realize that life is always full of surprises, and what we don’t think of as a possibility can become a reality. I really learned that I am ok when I trust my instincts.

On Monday morning I felt it was right for us to leave. We had no traffic as we headed to a safer spot to wait out the storm. Originally we wanted to stay, but then my instincts said time to go, and I listened. I am glad that I do not have a horrifying memory of the storm itself. I love the beach so much, and I was amazed at how two days later when we returned, the beach itself looked so calm with all the seagulls at the shoreline. I learned that Mother Nature must be respected.

As we dealt with our flooded basement and garage, we met the best of people and the worst of people. I had to rely on my instincts again to guide me through all the decisions that had to be made to get help and determine what to do. We chose to stay in the house so we could keep on working. Important information was also given to me by a variety of people at the right time to act on it. I made sure to pay attention to what others said. That was so helpful as we had no computer or phone here.

I am still learning patience, flexibility and how to respond when everything is out of my control. We took showers at my friend’s house with a bottle of wine in hand as we tried to laugh and make the best of it. I learned that my greatest disappointment was when people promised one thing, and then ended up changing their actions. Business is business I was told. So now I have to expect that things will never go smoothly and through all the ups and downs progress is being made.

I also feel such gratitude that it wasn’t worse. That a minimum of lives were lost in our community where almost everyone stayed during the storm is remarkable. I hope we all learned something and we are still learning through this life changing event. Please share if you wish what you learned and are learning now if you would like. Wishing everyone peace and the ability to make wise choices. We can say Happy New Year and happy holidays because we are tough people who can face reality.. sometimes in spite of it all. We can choose to smile as we enter 2013 because we are strong and know it and we are a vital community that wishes to rebuild even better.

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