In recent months, I’ve had a rule that I don’t watch the news. This is a big step for me because I’ve always been a Big news junkie. Currently, I don’t want to hear about politics or the election. I especially dislike watching just to find out what the weather will be. On Monday, I already knew what the weather would be but I broke my rule.
I got sucked into watching. I did want to know what was happening with Hurricane Sandy. I wanted to know not in a voyeuristic way…I wasn’t looking for buildings being demolished by a storm surge or anything like that. I just wanted to know.
I decided to watch one of the 24-hour news channels so when they weren’t talking about Sandy, they were talking about those other two guys who I won’t talk about. I may have muted the TV during those reports… 😉
I spent my day trying to remain calm. I couldn’t do anything about the storm (or the Other storm for that matter!) and I decided that calm was the best course of action.
Actually, Sandy did me a favor. She got me back into meditation. During the muted period on the TV, I got out my mala beads and meditated. You remember the mala beads I made last year…
Well, they’re still in one piece and they still work. I just need to work them. I’m going to try to meditate daily again. I’m always searching for focus and this will hopefully help. So maybe something good came out of the storm.
We were very lucky. We lost power at about 7:15pm. We even heard the big pop of the transformer. We had lots of camping lights, oil lamps and flashlights. I strapped on my flashlight that goes around my neck and I read…of course! The lights came back on at 9pm exactly!
There was a lot of rain, yes, but I’ve experienced worse rain storms. There was wind, but again I’ve seen worse. I haven’t checked my basement yet to see if any water got in. It’s an old basement and it leaks sometimes, but it’s not as though it’s a finished basement and everything that’s down there is on pallets so it should be Ok either way.
All in all, I’d say that Hurricane Sandy was much kinder to us than we thought she’d be. I know a lot of people at the New Jersey shore had a lot of water damage…I saw some of the news footage. I hope everyone can get their lives back to normal quickly.
Was the storm over hyped? In some ways perhaps, but it did look very dangerous and I think all of the governors and mayors who declared states of emergency were wise to do it. Better safe than sorry.
Hopefully, we can all dry out and see some sunshine today.
Happy Tuesday!! Goodbye, Sandy!