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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