BEFORE THE STORM AND AFTER

Nov 1st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Concerned About Others

Before the storm, life was moving along rather normally. The campaign captured the attention of many, political commercials edged out most others, and gas prices continued to be high.  Before the storm folk went about their routines and looked forward to the political season ending.  Before the storm, grocery prices had been impacted by a  major drought this summer.  Youngsters looked forward to Halloween.  The football season was in full swing.  The World Series stirred interest.

That was all before.  But there was more than that, for brewing down among those famous islands that draw tourists and offer retreat was a storm.  A storm named Sandy.  Within that storm stirred an omen of a greater storm.  Weather forecasters were beginning to search for words to describe what they were seeing.  It seemed to be unusually threatening, having the capacity for never before seen destruction. And they were right.

There is now, after the storm, a new respect for the power of nature.  If a storm of such magnitude can move along 800 miles of coastline and rip up and toss everything in its path, then what else can nature generate?  Is anyone safe?  Can prevention head off the likelihood of another such episode?  Is there any way to avoid the terrible horrible inflicting of nature’s wrath upon such a wide spread area and do heartbreaking damage to so many people?

While imminent disaster can be predicted, long term dangers aren’t so easy to guess.  But, there have been warnings about the likelihood of climate change having its impact. Many ignore those claims.  Some take them seriously.  Others deny them altogether.

No Room for Ignoring Facts:  Climate is Changing

After the storm now, the nay-sayers may be more muted.  Like the calm after the storm, there may be more serious consideration given to the kind of capabilities that lie within the natural world.

Routine for the natural world is predictable.  In the early part of the 20th century, major fires tore through the virgin forests of the great northwest.  In the 30′s, a midwest drought of dust demonstrated how the land would get its revenge on what was once beautiful native grasses.  In time for both of these natural events, there began to be echoes of the need for conservation, as in being conservative about the care and respect of the land and nature.

How many more warnings will it take?  How much denial will continue to be the “head in sand” behavior of some?  What magnitude of destruction will be tolerated before attention is invested in heading off such grave outcomes as we have seen?

Sacrifice is always unwelcome.  Most like to live as if life will always be comfortable and routine and free of threats.  But the world and the universe isn’t made that way.  The currents of life are like the currents of the ocean.  Some days are calm, others are fierce.

Our accommodation of the unpredictables of life is our best defense in dealing with what may or often will come.  Rising, like the Phoenix from the ashes is our way of demonstrating resilience.  While it grows wearisome, beyond expression, to take on so many disasters so often, as has been the case in Breezy Heights, N.Y., that sometimes is the lot of persons who live in the path of what may occur.

None of us finally is free from some possibility that may rise up to tear at the comfortable and serene condition we are enjoying right now.  East to West and North to South, all are susceptible to the pathos and tragedy of some occurrence radically affecting our otherwise comfortable existence.

After the storm, it is ours to show our concern and compassion to those who are in the aftermath of a terrible, wicked experience.  It is also ours to remember John Donne’s immortal words, “Do not ask for whom the bells toll.  The bells toll for thee.”



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