Like you, I’ve seen the devastating images of the catastrophe in Japan caused by the rock and roll of Mother Nature. The impact of this disaster rolled across the Pacific Ocean the other night towards the shores of my Hawaiian home.
The warning sirens wailed in my Hawaii neighborhood every hour for 4 hours, through the dark middle of the night. In lower lying areas, police were cruising the streets warning people through bullhorns to move to higher ground. It was a scary and dramatic night.
Fortunately, the effects of the tsunami in Hawaii were minimal, compared to Japan and other places.
And, we had warning, which is helpful in the case of imminent disaster.
But, disaster can strike, without warning, at any moment. Think about the people in Japan who on Friday were simply minding their own business when their world literally began to shake apart.
What about those in Indonesia a few years ago who had the ocean sweep their life right out to sea?
What about the endless car crashes that happen on the freeway, in a blink of an eye?
What about the aneurysm that pops?
Simply put, we truly are not in as much control of our future as we would like to think. While we can certainly head in a preferred direction (and sometimes for a long time), there are multitudes of impacts that can throw us into the tailspin of disaster.
How do you prepare for the tempestuousness of disaster?
You store water, and buy extra toilet paper, gas up your car, have a first aid kit, have a battery driven radio, and have other survival supplies.
But really, does having a stockpile of water or toilet paper matter if you or your loved one gets swept out to sea in a tsunami?
Literally, and figuratively, any one of us could get swept out to sea at any time. We can experience a disaster of tsunami proportions when we take our eyes off the road for a moment and hit the truck in front of us. Or a fire burns down our home. Or we receive a terminal diagnosis. These are the tsunamis that we are not necessarily prepared for.
If an unexpected tsunami sucked your life away right now, would you be happy with the way you had lived? Or, would you have regrets for things undone, unexperienced, unsaid?
It is so easy to believe that our life will go on as we wish it to until old age, which causes us to believe that we have a lot of time. But what if you didn’t? Would you live differently?
You’ve heard wise and spiritual teachers say to live in the present. And it is only in the present that your Spirit lives and your life unfolds.
The future is a bonus. We most often get a future, but there’s no guarantee.
So in addition to the stockpile of TP and the solar powered crank radio, I challenge you to prepare your Spirit for disaster by living each moment fully. Reel yourself back in from the future, which may or may not happen.
What this means for me:
- Tell people I love them when I feel it
- Follow my crazy inspirations when they strike, not waiting for later
- Focus all I can on that which is right in front of me right now
- Quit doing anything I don’t like as much as possible
- Nurture my Spirit and my Wise Voice – listen and love deeply
- Take my dreams seriously and move towards making them so
What about you? Leave a comment and let’s hear what you think.