As of recent there has been a spate of natural disasters: hurricanes, tidal waves, tornadoes, drought – you name it and it’s happening somewhere in the world. Here in the Midwest though, our natural disasters are typically less destructive
than in other areas. Sure, we have storms and snow and the occasional tornado, but these events come with warning. Unlike earthquakes, tornados don’t usually happen suddenly; first there are clouds, then driving winds and finally destruction.
For us Midwesterners, we hear an alarm and head to the lowest level with a flashlight and a radio and brace ourselves for chaos. Earthquakes, on the other hand, just happen. One minute you’re baking a soufflé, the next, the ground
is falling out from under you. It’s true that warnings save lives.
Emotional storms, much like weather, can come without warning. You’re going about your daily business when you spy dark clouds on the horizon. They
look threatening, but, like the Midwesterner who stands on his front porch watching the circling clouds unaware of the tornado, you don’t prepare yourself for the tidal wave of grief coming your way. Suddenly the world collapses beneath you are you are
drowning in depression wondering, “What happened?” With no way out you cling to whatever is thrown your way: booze, pills, false hope. But these external things won’t save you; they can’t save you. The problem isn’t
the storm on the outside, the problem is the storm on the inside. If we hope to survive the storms in our lives, we have to prepare. We have to be aware. We have to heed warnings. Know your Self. Take time to examine your intentions,
your motivations, your goals. Ask yourself, “What do I hope to achieve by doing what I am doing? Does this act bring peace to my world? Are my intentions good?” If you can ask yourself these questions, then the answers are
as clear as a summer’s day. Heed your warnings, prepare your mind and you can weather any storm.