Just about every year in early Spring we have an 'unexpected' winter storm. We say things like, "I can't believe it's Spring and we have snow again...I just put away all of my winter clothes...it was really nice a few days ago...I thought winter was over".
It happens every year.
The previous Ice Storm on December 22nd, 2013 taught 10 life changing lessons:
1. Although we assumed that the older trees could withstand the storm, they had the most difficulty. Because their limbs were not as flexible as the younger trees, they broke under the weight of the ice and snow.
Longevity does not always equal strength.
2. Electricity and gas was cut off, people became immobilized; unable to work, go to school or attend to everyday business.
If you don't Take Time, life will Make time.
3. Some loss could not be repaired. Trees were cut down, buildings demolished and, tragically, some people even lost their lives.
You never truly appreciate what you have until it's gone.
4. It took time to replant and rebuild. Some neighbourhoods looked barren without their trees. It would take seasons before things would be the same again.
Accepting change is sometimes hard.
5. Roads and neighbourhoods were blocked in for days because we didn't have the resources or manpower to manage the disaster.
Preparation is the key to success.
6. Family, friends and neighbours got together to share their homes, food and resources. Strangers helped one another to move cars on roadways.
Family, friends and even strangers will be with you in times of trouble.
7. While the storm was raging, the trees sparkled like ornaments on a Christmas tree as the sunlight poured on them.
There is still beauty in the midst of the storm.
8. The cities were able to plant new hardier trees which can withstand storms. Crisis management protocols were established, methods of communication were enhanced, families began to prepare for potential disasters by purchasing flashlights, storing non-perishable food items and planning ahead.
Crisis can stimulate knowledge and progress.
9. Multiple millions were spent to replant trees, fix buildings and remove debris. Plant nurseries as well as small and large contractors of various sectors were employed to rectify the results of the storm. Commercial industries made millions of dollars.
There is opportunity in a crisis.
10. After the storm, spring bulbs under the earth sprung up, gardens flourished and summer came. Beaches and parks filled with people walking, barbecuing and having picnics under the sun and stars.
There is life after the storm.
Life is full of ups and downs, it's never a straight line. The tough times create preparedness, necessary change, knowledge, opportunity, kindness, thankfullness and appreciation.
There is purpose in every storm.
Live on Purpose!