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…importance of autonomy

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have learned a few lessons over the past week, mostly thanks to hurricanes Irene and Lee, that I would like to share;

1) Perspective: No matter how bad I think I have it and no matter how much damage I have sustained to my basement due to flooding, others have it worse…much worse. Looking at my family safe and sound, although inconvenience is a heck of a lot better than the alternative. Seeing entire streets with houses inundated with water up to their second floor…terrible…but amazing. Seeing a river crest and inundate a bridge and an entire street wash away…terrifying but full of awe.

2) Transient Materiality: A re-affirmation that things can always be replaced…people, substituted (in some situations)…but never replaced. A new couch is just a Macy’s away… a new person…not so much.

3) Self-Reliance in America is dying a slow evident death. Having to run around Lowes and Home depot to cobble together a sump system after a localized disaster (long story) was an adventure that allowed me to see just how unprepared people are for the unexpected. All of the so called emergency services (plumbers, damage restoration companies, roofers…etc) are too busy to help as there is a long long line. Learn how to do things yourself.

Putting together a readiness plan for “next time” will be something that will be empowering versus the helpless feeling one experiences watching nature overrun your living space.

Learn to live, learn to survive, learn to prevail.

…make wise choices.

-sk

  1. Bob Coopeman
    September 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Stan,
    Kudos to you for sharing this. You certainly have shared a high value perspective on life. Hopefully, others will open their eyes and adopt these views./ Bob Cooperman

  2. May 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm
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