1) In order to end a drought, we have to have a flood:
One rain storm, even a heavy one will not erase years of drought conditions. We have to have a deluge and more than we need. If we neglect caring for our solves, one healthy meal or sleeping in will not bring us back. If you find yourself in a place of burnout, you get into a crisis care situation and really need to spend lots of time regrouping. Self care is not selfish. It is essential to living.
2) Those Flood Plains are There for a Reason:
WE get used the the drought conditions and all these vast areas of land around rivers seem so odd. Thankfully city planners and civil engineers know what can happen and plan accordingly. It is not a good idea to build too close to the river or lake. In life we must plan with margin. When we fill our schedule too full with no down time, we put ourselves at risk. It might be great in the short term, but situations beyond our control are inevitable and can overwhelm if we don’t have emotional reserves to deal with them.
3) Respect the Boundaries:
The stories of people who notice a barricade and choose to go around it, only to get stuck in high water and have to be
rescued are puzzling. While I am so about expanding yourself and going beyond our internal limits, it is foolhardy to disrespect others boundaries and try to change or control them. Lack of boundaries also encourages us to take on others expectations for us rather than being ok with he person we are.
4) The World is an Abundant Place:
When we have severe water rationing we have to conserve and be aware of lack. It is also so disproportionately spread. Even now California needs some of our abundance. This month 35,000,000,000,000 gallons have fallen in the state of Texas. This is enough to supply the entire worlds population with 10,000 days of water for everyone to have eight 8-oz glasses a day. We know 85% of the worlds diseases are caused by lack of pure drinking water. While I can’t completely fathom this or hope to change this gruesome statistic by myself, I can be informed and contribute to organizations working to make this change through education, relief and drilling water wells. Emotionally,I can be in a good place where I share hope and grace rather than fear with those I encounter on a daily basis. Loving words, kind gestures or even a smile to a stranger at the grocery store can spread abundant life. As we encourage our family members and coworkers we create strong emotional waves to spread and renew life and love.
5) Life is fragile and the Future Uncertain:
While the loss of life has been small considering how extensive this has been, each story is so sad. Makes me aware of the fact that we cannot control so many events. We can spend quality time with loved ones, building them up and not letting hurts and wounds cause rifts and bitterness. Deal with your issues and move past. Don’t allow fear and worry or insecurities to rule life. I want to enjoy each moment. This year my motto has been Peace with the Past, Present in the Now and excited for the Future. While I may not always stay in this place, this season of crazy weather has helped reminder me this is my goal and where I want intentionally to live my life.
Here is our favorite spring fed waterfall just a few weeks apart. Funny on the left, the fun was from climbing on top and on the right, from hiking in the creek and under the falls. Ahhhh Life !