I travel often. And I have had my share of delays due to weather. I have sat at the gate during flight delays and watched while storms pounded the tarmac with sheets of unyielding rain. I've also flown through more than my fair share of turbulence because of storms. Sometimes it is uncomfortable, and maybe a bit harrowing, but I have always seemed to make it through, no worse for the wear.
Storms are often violent and destructive. Sometimes they spawn tornadoes that destroy entire communities. Severe thunderstorms may bring with them straight line wind gusts that topple trees and cars. Hurricanes can leave thousands of people homeless. When storms are approaching they are dark and forbidding. And even though we take the time to prepare for their onslaught, nothing we do can adequately prepare us for the ride they will take us on. So we prepare, and hold on tight.
My sister Mary died in February, 2012. She was taken from us by cancer at the young age of 66. The diagnosis was unexpected and sadly, her demise was swift - only 15 days from discovery to her passing. But my sister Mary was steely tough and I am sure that during those last days she gave cancer the fight of its life. When it took on Mary, it took on one formidable opponent, and although she lost the fight, she went down swinging. She died on Leap Day - February 29, 2012.
Joanna and Jon are beautiful people. I met them by accident. A friend and I happened upon their wonderful store, while looking for materials to complete an art project that memorialized someone very special. We explained to Joanna what we were doing and her care and compassion warmed our hearts. She is the definition of the “beautiful people” that I wrote about in 2011.
I ran across a song awhile ago that I've pretty much adopted as my own personal anthem. I was going through some difficulties and a friend recommended the song to me. And when listening to it, the song reminded me of the lessons that I have learned over my years on this earth. And more importantly, it encouraged me to not give up or surrender to those that would bring me down. Because I'm unbreakable.