It seems the heavens decided to give Earth a good shaking, or maybe even a spanking in 2010. Massive earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, a winter of discontent for most of the USA, and a recent earthquake in Mexico sent rumbles beneath my office in Southern California. What's next? Who knows, but one thing we can be sure of is It Is On The Way.
The Boy Scouts knew this long ago: The best way to deal with the unexpected and unknown is to be prepared for it. It may still blindside you but the emergency kit in your home, car, head and heart will be ready to deal with it. There is much comfort in knowing your larder is stocked, there is cash in your pocket and strength in your soul. The survivors of life's storms are no happy accidents; they may have been blessed with good timing and a dash of luck, but the ability to deal with the random arrows of fate set them apart.
Some of life's greatest storms occur within the walls of your being. The ability to calm the waters and call the shots in times of inner turmoil tests the mettle of most. Whether it is dealing with loss of a loved one or the loss of good fortune past, loss can stop you in your tracks and make the push forward into unfamiliar territory overwhelming.
New directions can also be refreshing and unspoiled by past transgressions, natural disaster and life's mistakes and missteps. There is nothing more beautiful than fresh fallen snow. It is a clean slate waiting for fresh tracks. Although ruts often lie just beneath the surface, the landscape is given a do-over, a fresh start and a chance to start anew.