That's right! A tornado hit my house on Saturday! But, first, let me back up and tell you what happened before that. Last week was very exciting for me. My current landlord called me and told me that the house I REALLY want will be available soon and that I can move there in November or December. It's a cute little stone house on a quiet road, away from the highway noise, and with an even more amazing view of the prairie than the temporary place I'm living now. The place was made for me. It's just the right size and cost for me to live the simple, lovely nature life I've been seeking.
Last Thursday was my 45th birthday, and the news about the stone house was the best present ever. I knew I still had a lot of work ahead of me to prepare for yet another move, right after moving just last month, so I decided to simplify my big weekend birthday plans and stay home to organize and prepare for packing. I don't know the exact moving date yet, and I wanted to be as prepared as possible in case the moving date is sooner rather than later.
On Saturday early evening, I was at home organizing stuff into Rubbermaid boxes when the pouring rain, thunder, and lightning started. I didn't think much of it because I've been in many storms over the years. This storm seemed average, except for a five minute period when the wind really picked up and I saw my lawn furniture blow across the yard. When the rain subsided, I went outside to get my lawn chairs.
I walked out my back door and when I turned the corner, I was totally shocked! The storm had torn my carport out of the ground. It was hanging precariously off the edge of the roof where the storm had evidently dropped it. Parked where the carport used to be was my car. I looked at it and sighed a breath of relief. My car looked completely unscathed. Wow, I was lucky!
I walked around to get a better look at the carport, and that's when I saw that the back windshield of my car had been completely shattered. Ugh! I called my landlord and told him what had happened, and he offered to let me park my car under a shelter at his farm two doors down. Right then, my next door neighbor pulled into my driveway to help me out. I drove my car to the shelter and she drove me back home as the rain started to pour down again.
When I got inside the house, I discovered that the electricity was out, so I lit some candles, then called my car insurance company to schedule the repairs. I looked at the weather app on my phone and that's when I found out that the storm wasn't just a thunderstorm--It had been an actual tornado. I noticed that I didn't feel as stressed out as I thought I would. Rather than getting overwhelmed with worry about repair costs or the stress of not having a car, I simply focused on doing what needed to be done.
In the past, I would have gotten VERY stressed out, but over the years, I've learned some secret techniques to help deal with life's emergencies and obstacles calmly.
Yes...I still get stressed out sometimes, but I try to focus on just putting one foot in front of the other. Later that evening, I had the realization how lucky I was! If I had gone ahead with my original birthday plans, I would have been arriving home and pulling into the carport right at the time when the tornado had passed. I could have been cut by broken glass, or worse! Or, at the very least, I would have had the terrifying experience of driving into a tornado, rather than being safely inside my home.
As I thought about how lucky I was to have averted severe disaster, I pondered how sometimes when something seemingly bad happens, it is actually something good. I'd been kind of bummed that I didn't get to do anything for my birthday, but the act of skipping my plans and staying home was the thing that had probably saved me from injury or worse!!!
I also thought about persistence and perseverance. Frankly, this is NOT a good time to have the extra expense of car repairs. I just moved and I'm now moving again. I could totally freak out about the money stress. I could decide to say NO to moving to the house I really want because the process seems insurmountable. I could decide to cave under the weight of all my limiting beliefs.
Or, I could decide to tap into my inner fortitude, kick my limiting beliefs to the curb, and DO WHAT IT TAKES to move forward to my dreams. I'm worth it.
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