Calm In Storms

Unpopular opinion: calamity provides focus.  At least for me.

I thought I was having bad week. We're having problems at the restaurant, and I've been anxious.  Then late last night, I got a call from a friend: the daycare center up the street from my place just lost a lot of their staff, and 60 underprivileged kids have no way of eating until they can hire a new cook.
My spinning mind suddenly had a laser focus.  Everything else got quiet except for one voice. 
Feed the kids.
Today, I put everything on hold, and went to help.  For the few hours I was there, I was calm.  My mind was present.  I could breathe.  We worked out a plan for their week.  And I felt really good.
Reader, I wish it didn't take dire straits to bring about peace of mind. But that's what happened this week. It was good to be reminded that there are a lot bigger issues out there than the ones I'm facing,  
I leave you with a picture of our woods tonight.  Storms and calm are two sides of the same coin, just like everything else. Leave it to the woods to drive that point home.  See you next Monday. -Em

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