My mind has been all over the place since the storm. It feels like with the recent tragedies one after another that the world is uncertain place. Life has always been uncertain we just to choose to live in denial so we can get up every morning and pretend nothing bad will happen to us.
We do everything to give ourselves what we hope is an edge over the next guy. We take care of ourselves, eat right prescribe to a vast array of spiritual paths in hopes that this will keep us from suffering like the people we hear about on the news. Maybe our plans or spiritual faith gives us an edge but in my experience few of us get through life without be touched by tragedy.
I am not all doom and gloom because I think the worst part of the scenario is the worrying we do in advance. The stress of thinking about how to protect ourselves from basically the unknown. I did that for many years and the things I worried about most didn't happen but sometimes worse things happened stuff our never imagined did.
Can we prevent tragedy? We can stop living and lock ourselves inside our homes, as long as it isn't a house in a flood zone and watch our lives go by. We can live in constant fear and ruin every minute of every day just waiting for the end of our happiness. Oh wait it already ended when the worry began.
Nothing stays the same forever. The things we love and the things we hate will pass at some point. The things we take for granted today may disappear tomorrow. The only thing we can do is try to notice today the moments we have now. Soak it all in and not get lost preparing for tomorrow.
We never know what small joys we may never experience again. Recently the Sonic up the street closed suddenly. They boarded every window and put a big for sale sign in the yard. It made me think of all the times we took my friend with Parkinsons there after dinner to have a hot fudge sundae. We are always trying to fatten her up at 90 lbs it isn't easily. She loved it. I was thinking how that will never happen again. Oh we will go somewhere else but it still feels like a small loss.
Sure we will adapt but those moments are gone and will not be repeated. We take it all for granted because we have to or the uncertainty would make us nuts. I think we can be at peace regardless of the uncertainty. We can not get too attached to the way we think things will be or should be.
We we can use whatever spiritual path we have chosen to gather ourselves every day to face the day whatever it brings. We can see the small gifts we are given. We can accept that we don't know what is in the minds of others and how they might be suffering. We can extend compassion to the people we meet everyday instead of getting lost in our own mind and we can extend compassion to ourselves when we don't think we measure up.
I have been sentimental and weary this past month but it has made me appreciate what have learned on my own spiritual path. I do understand loss and hope that everyone affected by these events will find the courage to get up every day and go on.