Power Out, Perspective On

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on June 24, 2013

Every now and again, the universe sends us a perspective check. Mine is currently in the form of being without power since last Friday. Yes, it’s inconvenient. Yes, it’s testing my patience. Yes, it’s frustrating. It has, however, shown me a lot of good that we tend forget as we get caught up in our day to day.

Since Friday, I’ve met neighbors that I haven’t in the eight years I’ve lived in our home. I’ve seen people embrace a sense of community, knowing we’re all in it together. I’ve had multiple offers for places to stay, to store our food, to let us charge up all of the devices we rely on so much. I’ve talked to people I usually never would have as we’re standing in line buying ice. Yesterday afternoon, in the heat of the day, my neighbors bought an inflatable pool, bought ice and drinks, and welcomed those who wanted to join in, because what else are you going to do?

All of this has reminded me that the kindness of others and the kindness we give to others feeds our spirits. As inconvenient as this whole experience is, I think I’ve actually been less crabby or frustrated than usual. Being part of a community feels good. In an environment where we’re so bound by stress that we can’t control, taking the time to reach out to others and connect with actual people has the potential to make us feel better. What I will remember from this experience is not the food that we lost or the different places we stayed, but the fun that we made of it and the goodness I saw in others…and I hope to start looking at the regular days this way too.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Breanna Tivy