“How much did you get?” Is the question of the day around where I live. As I write this, the snow is still coming down, and tomorrow, New York will get its turn in the wintertime penalty box. Fortunately, most of us were prepared for this storm, and we’ve been through enough other storms to know what’s involved.
We need safety, food, and warmth. Once those are taken care of, we often look to entertainment, because for several days, we won’t leave the house unless we have to do. Boredom can be a problem, and then there’s all the gear we’ll need to shovel, blow, and otherwise re-arrange the snow so we can get back to work, school, and play.
I’ve lately spent time at programs for people who have loved ones dealing with eating disorders. I was much relieved to learn that we have some pretty good ideas how to keep people from sliding back into those perilous, lonely ditches. While a lasting recovery is a complicated miracle, and will be different for each person, a common thread in the overwhelming majority of successes is connection–to people, to positive values, and to the honest self..
So… I got to thinking. Life often sends us storms that the weather forecasters don’t warn us about. Major illness, job loss, family troubles, financial problems… they are significant disruptors, they hurt, and they knock us down emotionally. Scary business.
But we’re savvy people, and just as we prepare for a two-foot snow fall, we can also keep some emergency supplies on hand for other kinds of bad weather. A few good friends have seen me through a lot. Books have been with me through every major upheaval in my life. A little good fiction every day, and I’m a kinder, calmer person. For other people, exercise can be a buffer against collapse, others keep a craft project going.
If you sniffed a patch of bad weather coming your way, what supplies could you lay in to help get you through the storm? Would strong connections be among them, and how can you stock up on those? If you’ve been through bad weather, what got you through it? Is there a resource you wish you’d had more of?
To one commenter, I’ll send a signed copy of Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish… a story in which a winter storm symbolizes a lot of issues, but ultimately brings our protagonists together.