As I drove around my neighborhood yesterday afternoon assessing the previous nights hurricane damages, I could not help but think about all of the cities, homes and front yards in so many states that have been littered with broken branches, heavy tree trunks and other debris. Being without power and cell service, I wasn’t able to hear the news, but I could only imagine the devastation that others were experiencing. My sympathy was with those that were affected by this storm in any way, and still is.
For me, this hurricane caused some “speed bumps” in the road; Tim and I lost power on Monday afternoon, we were confined to our driveway and the few streets around our apartment by fallen trees and power lines, and judging by the mess of telephone poles, trees and electrical wires in the street in front of our place, we will most likely not be regaining power anytime soon. At the same time, we were blessed with the safety that our home provided, the company of each other and our pup, and the opportunity to get creative about how we would spend our time without the internet, television, or electricity.
An excuse to bring out my stash of candles always excites me, so I had the house prepared for candle light way before the sun went down. There is something so soothing about surrounding yourself with such soft light; it makes me feel like I am living a life of simplicity. I used that feeling over the next few days and dove into thoughts and ideas of how I would spend my time, simply.
Writing. I wrote in journal form, I wrote in exercise form, and I wrote in lists. For me, writing in any form provides instant comfort. I love seeing thoughts, feelings and even “to-dos” written out on a page. This experience of writing by candlelight made me realize that I don’t make enough time for this in my life, something I really love to do.
This feeling continued on. I read, something else I love to do but don’t make enough time for. I read healing words from Caroline Myss and inspiring stories from Bernie Sigel. Surrounded by quiet and low light, these powerful books brought me into a space of love and gratitude, of power and motivation. I realized that bringing these kinds of words into my life on a daily basis would provide me with a feeling that I don’t get from a TV show or from reading a blog post. The authenticity of sitting with a book is one that cannot be matched.
I took a walk, and have taken many since. Having a connection with nature is something I feel very strongly about and I make a constant effort to include it in my daily life, but to walk around and witness the changes in my usual surroundings after a storm such as this can modify your view. To witness the power that Mother Nature has over us seems to put our existence in perspective, and the respect that we should show her constantly is magnified at a time like this. She is a mighty force.
The connections that I have felt with my loved ones over these past few days have been a beautiful reminder of the support and love that I have in my life. It is amazing where a conversation can drift off to without the sounds of music, TV or any of our other electronic distractions. Sometimes we can take these relationships for granted, and during this time I have realized the strong beautiful people that I hold in my life and the gratitude that I need to show them everyday.
I can continue on about how I chose to spend my days living in this simplicity but that is not my reason for writing this. My purpose for sharing with you the last few days of my life and my “ah-ha” moments is in hopes of igniting emotions in you, new realizations or thoughts that may have come to you in this time of disconnect. Maybe we can all take something from this and continue with it even when our power, televisions, internet, phones, computers, and daily living comes back into play. Is there anything that you will hold on to?
With love and simple, wonderful things,