Monday, August 29, 2011

Messages for Life

A Day In the Life -sketchbook project page 16 color pencils 

Once again, I am given a new perspective on life - life that is exceedingly fragile, unpredictable and where change is the only constant. We were away in India coping with the untimely, unexpected loss of my  husband's beloved brother when we read about the earthquake that shook our area. Two days later, it was hurricane warnings and evacuation orders for our area as we landed back in USA, hours before the airport closed  due to inclement weather. 

We were lucky to wait out Hurricane Irene at our son's house just far enough from the dreaded path. I fretted and watched the Weather Channel with memories of Hurricane Isabel's destruction too clear in my mind, bracing for the worst but hoping and praying for a miracle. I am thankful for our wonderful neighbors and friends who generously secured our house and yard as Irene furiously spiraled her way up the Eastern seaboard. In the end, Irene spared us - our town, our house and our yard is intact. We drove back home on bright beautiful dayafter and  now only have to clear a bit of debris. And we did not loose power, water or gas service.

For days, sorrow, worry and fear has gripped my heart as I struggled with the uncertainties of life. Now, I am forced to learn to appreciate every single moment; to not take anything or anyone for granted; to be just grateful.

14 comments:

B said...

all the best dear meera...hope u find peace in every moment

Crystal Cook said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Meera, and so glad that you are all ok! This post is beautiful and so true. I loved it. :) And your sketch is wonderful.

meera said...

Thank you, B. I really appreciate your support.

meera said...

Crystal, Thanks. BTW --did you see my 'apps' and the details on the phone? They are highly personalized :)

padmaja said...

I liked "your moblie":-)
Glad that you have graet neighbors who raised up for you.. that is a blessing.. I do feel I am not sure what is in store for me in the next moment..I try to be truthful for my present.

meera said...

Thank you Padmaja. yes, great neighbors are a blessing indeed! 'be truthful to my present'- you have discovered the secret! I find it so hard to follow that consistently :(

Sanctified Spaces said...

Must have been an overwhelming experience. Glad to know your ok. Wonderful neighbors I must say. Each and every moment is precious indeed. Lovely post.

meera said...

@Sanctified Spaces, Thanks. Life sends reminders every so often --doesn't it?

Teresa said...

Wonderful, thoughtful post Meera. We too were spared much of Hurricane Irene's devastation.

meera said...

Thanks Teresa, indeed we were all lucky and I wish speedy recovery for all who were not as fortunate.

Kathy Staicer said...

I too was spared from the wrath of Irene. It did hit hard in some places and the floods following it were devastating. Yes we do need to be grateful for all that we have.

Katherine Thomas said...

Isn't it strange how, no matter how stable and consistent our lives seem... at any moment everything could change...
Thanks for the reminder to slow down and appreciate all that we've got right now. :)

meera said...

Kthy, I am so glad you too were spared from the wrath of Irene! we are lucky indeed! My heart goes out to those who have to deal with the mess they have been faced with!

meera said...

Katherine, it is unnerving to be reminded of the fragility of life. I wish for the strength to deal with change in all our lives.

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