When disaster strikes, we find ourselves asking “why”. Why does a superstorm have to hit the innocent, helpless premature babies in New York? Why does an earthquake have to hit Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere?
The answer is one that is uplifting, life-changing, and personal to each person affected.
Yes, uplifting. I truly believe that disasters are divine intervention in disguise.
I have weathered my own superstorm, metaphorically speaking. It knocked the wind out of me, leaving me with pennies in my pocket and just a few clothes in a suitcase. I was down and out and I couldn’t help but wonder, “why me. Why now?”
The storm has passed and now it’s purpose is clear to me. That disaster was meant to push me right out of my comfort zone so that I’d be forced to make some major life changes. For one, it challenged my attachment to material things and questioned my consumerist ways.
- I have lived in a small home dressed with previously-loved or hand-crafted decor and necessities.
- I’m car-free (and still mobile).
- I’m TV-free (and loving it).
- I’m a self-proclaimed “DIY” queen.
- I’m supercali-frugal-istic.
I’m far more content this way than when I needed no excuse to buy three leather jackets from Bebe… in one transaction. I just needed me a catastrophe to show me how to exist in the zone of true abundance and wealth, without attachment to “stuff”.
So for all those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and disasters of any other form, the universe sent it with a message. My prayer is that you accept your current situation, trust that the universe is on your side and open yourself to the changes that await you.
Keep your head up.
Have you gone through any earth-shattering experiences that you can attribute your current happiness to?
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I'm Nat Nanton, founder of Tutu Mama. Becoming a mother has made me commit to living my greatest life. If you can relate to that, you're in the right place.
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