We want to know how the ice/snow storm is affecting you and yours. Comment on this blog, write me at this address, or hit us up on Twitter (leoweekly). I tweeted a call for reactions a couple minutes ago. It took about a minute for Angie Impellizzeri to respond:
1.29.09 – ice storm ’09 – frozen. no choice but to surrender.
There are times when you just simply can’t do much about it. Yes, many of us have been inconvenienced or put out. Maybe your car was stuck. Maybe you have no heat or power. Maybe you are bored out of your gord. Or just maybe, you have surrendered to the Universe telling you to sit still and come together with friends, family and maybe you are meant to be cooped up with people you might not want to be. Its OK. Its a time of introspection, reflection and surrender.
I know for me, I have learned to take nature’s subtle cues and just simply deal with it. I have turned this inconvenient (and chilly) time into the chance to convene with friends I may not have otherwise visited, ran errands I may not have otherwise had the gumption to do and have taken the time to have been present in whatever moment I needed to be. And you know what? It is usually in these moments that my heart becomes the most fulfilled and soars to do more, to be more and to smile more. And people see it.
Its the old “lemons into lemonade” mentality. Life is truly what you make of it. I am a bit dismayed that certain musical acts have been cancelled or postponed, that some folks have been forced into a truly a more perilous situation than myself, but I love the spirit that comes out in all the people that I have been blessed to be around.
The act of surrendering to adversity is a point of recognition within myself that I find so intriguing. It is that crossroads moment from which personal change occurs. Whether the adversity is nature, self-inflicted, coincidental or seemingly out of your control, it is that moment that makes us all stronger, builds a more compassionate heart and empowers us into this change we all hope for.
Take the moment and run.