Those of you who have followed along here with me, and who have read faithfully all along about the various life experiences which took place throughout my accumulation of years so far, know that there has a been a fair amount of diversity in the character and quality of those experiences, and hopefully everyone who visits gets some overall sense of the person who writes all these posts. I’m happy to say that the majority of responses from all of those who chose to respond have been thoughtful, thought-provoking, mostly supportive, and intriguing in many cases. Many of those who visited have inspired me to write more thoughtfully myself, and quite a few of them have blogs here at WordPress.com which inspire and stir the spirit with their own contributions.
Recent events in my life have kept me from participating as frequently as I would otherwise have wished, but today I finally sat down at my desk, determined to share a post which gives back a little of what I have received from my participation here. It is not specifically about consciousness as many of my posts have been, but the connection to the spirit and to my humanity, which are essential component parts of that subject, unavoidably cross over into our broader understanding of the process of sharing ourselves in this way, and I hope you can see the connection without my having to express it in those terms.
On the very day of my last most recent post, June 30th, I received a call from a friend at work, who described to me a circumstance that seemed unreal at first, but which became real as I viewed the photo above. We have experienced a series of storms this summer unlike any we could recall within recent memory. Torrential downpours and high winds have battered our shores here on the East Coast just about every week for months. Each time the severity of the storm seemed to be even worse than the last, but there was never any hint that it might be more than just what might be expected for a particularly stormy summer season. On June 30th, it became far worse than anyone expected. The story of this storm will probably be told over and over in the years to come, not because it was an epic downpour, or because it was the worst ever recorded, but because of the miracle which prevented anyone from being injured or killed by the devastation it caused.
Thankfully, there was only a handful of people in the building at the time, which on a normal day would have been a dozen or more, but one of those people in the building had been in the front section of the building less than a minute before the water overwhelmed the structure of the roof, and narrowly escaped the collapse of a large portion of the front of the building. Security cameras in the hallway captured not just the collapse, but also the surge through the building of the tons of water which had accumulated as a result of the deluge. The thought of what could have happened shook us all when we heard of the collapse, and the images hardly portray the feeling of standing next to what used to be a familiar place for us all.
Very soon after the evaluation of the damage took place, it was apparent that our ability to function normally at work was severely compromised, but more than that, we realized that it wasn’t going to be an easy fix, and it was going to take time. What happened next was equally surprising. Everyone began right away to bring whatever we could to the task of getting the facility up and running once again. The crew on duty at the time, and the ones that immediately followed, began the difficult task of removing the water which had spread throughout the connecting sections of the building, and blocking off the doorways that led to the collapsed portion of the building. Astonishingly, after a tremendous effort by the staff and crews, the processing of products in the facility was only down for one full 12-hour shift, and the computer systems and basic functionality of the business were restored within 48 hours. No one was injured, and even though it was a shock to the system for everyone, the most challenging part of it all has been coming up with a work-around for each of the no longer normal routines to which we had become accustomed.
Reflecting on these events, and facing the challenges they presented, has provided us all with a perspective that clearly was unanticipated, and which likely would not have come in another way. My own circumstances in recent months have also been challenging in ways not anticipated, but as always, reflection on what could have been continues to affect my outlook as the days progress, and I hope to resume sharing my writing and hopefully inspire you all to visit and share your thoughts with me as well.