During times of crisis, like hurricane Ian, life really comes into perspective. I worry for my friends and family that are likely unscathed so far! But I also begin to reevaluate my life. Am I really living my life to my greatest potential? It almost seems selfish to think this way. Am I wrong for thinking that, or is this a sign that I need to change something?
— Wanda I.
Natural disasters and other devastating events inevitably cause this thinking in many people. Think of our post-9/11, post-2008 financial, or post-Hurricane Katrina lives. We all stopped to think about what truly matters in our lives and as a collective whole.
Right now the focus should absolutely be on how to help people in immediate danger. Definitely look into ways to help in any way you can if you’re feeling called to that!
But once we’ve weathered the storm, we’re left with the cleanup…and the reevaluation. It’s a chance to rebuild our life and communities fresh!
In times of crisis, be nurturing to yourself and others. Sometimes the best way to prepare for the future is to take care of ourselves in the present.