If we believe tomorrow will better, we can bare a hardship today.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
If you’re a member of this site and have read some of my previous articles, you’ll notice several of them stressing on focusing on the bright side. You’ll also notice articles that stressing on displaying gratitude for the smaller things in life.
Nowhere more evident have these topics been more relevant for me in the past few days. No matter where you live, if you’ve been following the news, you might be aware that Texas, where I live, has seen the most massive cold wave in over 30 years.
Millions of people lost their power (while temperatures have been in the single digits, Fahrenheit). Many also lost their water (due pipes freezing and bursting). Few have even died from hypothermia.
In that context, I found myself extremely blessed that I had no loss of power. My water supply has also been more than adequate. The only thing that I lost for three days was cell data.
Before I go on, let preface by saying that I am just human and as a result, when I lost my data, it felt like the end of the world. No internet access in the 21st century makes you as good as living in a cave. No email, no social media, no Netflix, no YouTube, no nothing.
Because much of this world is now “smart,” even when it comes to essential things like buying groceries, we don’t realize just how much we rely on internet and/or WiFi access. So naturally I was frustrated and kept asking myself how can anyone live like this in these times?
It was only when I got my data back last night and caught up on the news that I realized how fortunate I’ve been during thus ordeal. Yes, I couldn’t check my email. But I was warm and safe. Yes, I couldn’t watch a movie on Netflix. But I had hot meals and unlimited water to receive my nutritional needs.
But as I alluded to in the beginning, many were not and are still not nearly as fortunate as I’ve been. Yes, life did indeed suck for a few days but I certainly wasn’t suffering. At least not in the way homeless people have been or people whose children are freezing indoors.
Once again, it donned on me that someone somewhere, (and in this case millions in my vicinity) have it much worse.
If you live in a city that has experienced this snowstorm and are ok, make sure to acknowledge the gratitude to God and/or the universe. To those that have faced adversities like loss of power and water, my heart and prayers go out to you. Please hang in there.
Have you been effected by the snowstorm? If yes, what’s the worst ordeal you faced? If not, have you ever had a prolonged blackout? If so, how did you survive it? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.
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