As I stood in the corner, drenched from head to toe, I watched the storm wreak havoc in the streets. Strangely, I was at peace. I waited until the wind slowed down and there was no thunder to walk the next block. Barefoot, I made my way through the empty streets of Alexandria, avoiding the fallen trees and power lines. By the time I made it back to my office, I was feeling refreshed, amused at the looks I got from everyone in the building.
At the beginning of the storm, I was inside a Starbucks with a couple from Texas celebrating their 46th anniversary. As the power went down and the wind knocked an umbrella on to the window, I continued to watch the storm. Smiling as I heard them talk about how much they love DC and watching the cars slow down as the traffic lights blacked out, I let my mind clear.
My own life has been somewhat of a storm lately, as everything went up in the air, got mixed up and the pieces start falling back down into place. Some things have been out of place, feelings have been overwhelming but as the storm clears, I see that I can avoid stepping on the fallen power lines and get back to my safe zone. At the end of the day, I know who I am, where I want to be going and how I got here, in spite of lightning (doubt) trying to strike me relentlessly.
At the end of the day, the storm always clears and the sun will shine through. Sure, there might be some cleaning up to do but as long as you have your health and loved ones, everything else can be rebuild even if you’ve been uprooted.
How hard did the storm hit where you are? Did you lose power?
Happy Friday 🙂