My family have all been affected by the wildfires. As I write, I look out the window and cannot see the mountains through the heavy layer of smoke from distant fires.

For my children in California and Oregon, the fires are dangerously close by.

My daughter Julie and her 3 year-old were packed to evacuate, as fires raged 4 blocks from her house. I sat by the phone, hysterically waiting.

Hours later, a miracle occurred. The winds suddenly changed direction. Her home was saved. But the neighboring towns were demolished.

Disaster seems to be the theme for this year. But, according to the Chinese, the word for crisis consist of two characters, one for risk, another for opportunity. And I wonder…

Could these disasters actually be opportunities for growth and transformation? 

Clearly, a new normal is emerging. Life as we know it will never be the same. Perhaps the pandemic, the riots, the natural calamities and whatever else may befall us, are in truth, a wake-up call from our Soul with an urgent message:

Stop what you’re doing. Pay attention. The world is changing. In order to thrive, you must change too. 

In his Wall Street Journal column, behavioral economist Dan Ariely explained: “Disasters are usually a good time to re-examine what we’ve done so far, what mistakes we’ve made, and what improvements should come next.”

As I gaze out at the smoke-filled haze, I ask myself: What am I not seeing? What unhealthy beliefs stand in my way? What do I need to release so ‘better’ can come? What old grievances do I need to heal and forgive?

As I ponder these questions, I begin to sense my direction may be morphing slightly or perhaps shifting into something altogether different. I have no idea what that means. So I’ll continue exploring.

Now I sit in the uncertainty, not sure what the future holds. Yet as I think about Julie and the possibility of miracles, I’m hopeful.

Do you see opportunities for growth and transformation or only disaster? I’d love to have your thoughts. Leave me a comment below.

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Comments & Feedback

  • Cathy Roberts

    So interesting to read your post today, Barbara! I just wrote this is my journal this morning: I feel a new open aliveness within me at least once a day. It is open, exciting, spacious and filled with potential. It’s a beautiful sensation and has to do with change and possibility.

    So whatever is going on with all the disasters, I’m totally with you about something else deeply powerful that is also afoot. I don’t know what it I will bring. I do love the sensation of it.

    • barbara huson

      That is so cool, Cathy…I appreciate you sharing that with me. You’re describing what I’ve been feeling too…not sure I am exactly clear on what it’s saying, but it definitely speaks of possibility and potential. Excited to hear where you go with this…let me know!!!

  • rahatjan

    Darling Barbara,
    I pray for Julie and everyone who are experiencing the disasters.
    I am an environmental economist and it is an unfortunate however an observation of human behaviour that in order to increase demand for environmental regulations dissasters work effectively. Examples are Chernobyl (European countries are on board with drastically reducing their ghg emissions and Covid19 made travelling reduced significantly that skies of many world cities were blue and clear as never.)
    In my humble opinion mother earth decided to stand up for herself as we humans do not get it.
    I have been living car free for 13 years to not pollute and do my bit to save our mother earth.

    Please use your network and keep inspiring your followers. We cannot afford now going into despair as the fires, floods and draughts have been predicted by IPCC reports if we continue our demand for fossil fuel as we do now. We need to act and make sure with zero emissions.

    Hugs and looking forward to your next blog

    Peace and love


    • barbara huson

      I so appreciate your deeply inspiring response, Rahatjan, Yes, indeed, Mother Earth is standing up for herself…and each one of us needs to stand up right along with her and do our part. Thank you so much for your prayers and all that you are doing to heal our planet. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Lisa

    Glad to hear your daughter and grandchild are miraculously safe! I’ve experienced a lot of positive change this year. I feel very guilty about it sometimes when people are hurting.

    Bought some stock after the market crashed. Have been given financial advise to do that many times. Finally acted on it!

    • barbara huson

      I always love hearing from you, Lisa. I’m wildly applauding you for buying stock when the market crashed. So smart of you. Please hang on to it, no matter what the market does in the future!!! It’s a long term commitment. Thanks for writing.

  • Maria Wynen

    I have similar thoughts to Rahatjan, that the natural environment needs our attention and love and action in order for us to continue to live within it. We certainly can’t live without it. Also our attitudes and behaviors toward each other as people need to change with more kindness and acceptance of difference. And in concert with these two very fundamental areas of life, I think financial systems and structures need to change, ie have financial systems serve people rather than the opposite. That is going to take a monumental mindset change and I’m no financial expert so I’m not suggesting how, but maybe that is an area you could help us re-imagine, Barbara? Maybe a brainstorm (no idea too “crazy”) with your followers could be a fun and interesting exercise? Blessings and best wishes to you and all your family, Maria

    • barbara huson

      I 100% agree with you, Maria…our collective attitudes and behavior MUST change…as Rahatjan exquisitely suggested, we need to courageously take a stand for Mother Earth. If each of us made even a small shift, the results could be profound. What a fun idea to reimagine the financial system…let me think about triggering such a conversation among my people. Thanks for the suggestion. And thanks so much for your response!

  • Laura

    Wonderful post, Barbara. Prayers for your loved ones. Knowing you are a student of a Course in Miracles, I will share that I have been reading a daily segment from the workbook every day this year. It’s a wonderful reminder of the power of our thoughts and focus, on our personal experience and on the world around us. We do have choices. We do have power. Even when it would outwardly appear otherwise.

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