Hello, Beauties! Two weeks ago, we were hunkered down in our house waiting for Hurricane Harvey to make landfall. Amid provisioning the house, blocking the windows, and preparing for losing electricity, we found a pocket of unexpected joy – Joy in a Hurricane.
Wanna know where you find Joy in a Hurricane?
We live in a very small community in deep South Texas. There was plenty of conversation about staying or evacuating. In the end, we opted to stay.
In that space after everyone had gassed their cars, pulled cash from the ATM, stowed the extra flats of water in the garage, filled their pantries and their liquor cabinets, filled the bathtub with water, checked the batteries in the flashlights, and found all the candles, a quiet community message went out over FaceBook.
Living in a resort community, we are used to looking out for each other. During the summer, we may not see each other much but we keep up with who needs what or who is struggling or who needs “their crowd” to show up and support a live music show.
During the winter when the island is empty, we look after each other in a different way. Every single person is important in the fabric of this community. Our families live hours away and so we adopt surrogates. We invest in each other. We love each other, we get cranky with each other, then we circle right back to loving.
Joy in a Hurricane
came via Facebook messages across the 3-mile bridge that separates us.
So, a message went out. “Ken and I have decided to ride it out. We’re here if anybody needs help the next few days.” Fifteen messages later, we knew who evacuated and who stayed. For those that evacuated, someone here knew where to find their house key in case of emergency.
Once we were all fully prepared, there was for sure a hurricane party at the local karaoke hangout. Every one made intermittent check ins as power was lost and then returned. There were calls from the evacuees to see how the island was fairing. And when the storm was past, there was a roll call of sorts to account for all our buddies.
Joy in a hurricane!
Thankfully, we escaped the worst of the storm. We got up close and personal with the leaks in our preparedness for an actual hurricane. There might be a gas shortage or a water shortage but there will never be a friendship shortage when you live connected to your neighbors.
We now have hundreds of examples of connection mostly of people who did not know one another. What if we sought out that kind of connection when there is no hurricane? What if knowing people well enough to check in on them in a disaster was just part of the way you lived?
I didn’t have it when I lived in Austin. I am so honored to have it now. To my fellow SPI Misfits, BRAVO! I am proud to be part of the tribe.
The big lesson for me: Life can change in the space of a single day. Love your people!
Look for the JOY. It is always there waiting. As a bonus, we had hundreds of beautiful dragonflies hatch after the rain. Watching them hurry about made my heart sing.
P.S.S. All those things you’re worried about today – including losing weight – didn’t make the cut of things to worry about when emergency hits. Give yourself GRACE for the body reading this blog.
Until next time…
Love you my Voluptuous Beauties!
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