Julie Owsik Ackerman
One of my spiritual practices is to look for gifts in situations I don’t like. Like many people in the Northeast today, I’m trapped at home, waiting out the storm. I love my house, but it’s highly unusual for me to spend all day at home. Both my toddler and I are generally restless by 10 a.m., if not sooner. Still, when I go looking for gifts, I usually find them, so here goes.
Instead of being at work today, I have a whole day with my family. Things I usually take for granted have a new preciousness--like hot water, electricity, shelter, food. Since my husband is also home, I am able to write. As for the storm itself, I felt genuine awe when I heard that 12-15 foot waves are crashing on the beach where I surf. I hope I can see some footage of that. Anticipating the storm, and preparing for it has reinforced for me that there are many things in life over which I have no control. I both hate this and love it.
I'm not glad there's a hurricane, but as with anything I don't like, I can sulk, or I can accept it, and try to find the positive. What has Sandy Claus brought you?