Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Preparing for storm and being “thankful”)

For those of you who don’t know, I happen to reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently the East Coast is bracing for a mammoth storm by the name of “Sandy” to bring us 85 mile per hour winds, extremely high tides and 5 feet of rain. All the weather expert’s predictions have caused the grocery stores to empty out supplies and they have instilled fear in the hearts of many. While living here in Philadelphia all of my life I have survived through many various weather conditions. While this particular storm is being projected as one of the most “dangerous” we will ever have, right now everything seems fairly calm. From what the “experts” have said, there is a good chance that we may be without power for awhile once this storm hits us. I am not sure of what I feel at this point. This hurricane could significantly alter my life and yet a feeling of calm and peace fills my heart at this moment. You see, there are a LOT of elements that can end your existence in a micro second. The difference with me is that while anyone can be in a dangerous environment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are “in danger.” Panic doesn’t necessarily help. Years ago I was on a train headed towards South Carolina. It was traveling at an excessive rate of speed through torrential rain. The next instant the lights went out in the cabin, and everyone started to sway side to side (like in those Star Trek episodes). The seats uprooted and people were flying everywhere. I was experiencing a “train derailment” and when it finally ended the cabin was positioned on a weird angle. As devastating as this was I felt no need for alarm through it all. I don’t know if that is just “resolve” or if it was “faith” but “something” had me feeling extremely “secure.” I am getting that feeling right now as we brace for hurricane Sandy. Naturally, if the power goes off, then there probably won’t be a Daily Thought, and for that I do apologize. I guess I am just saying that life will always have uncertainties. Circumstance can often dictate your direction in life against your will. I have found that it is always beneficial to “think calmly and rationally” through the worst of scenarios, for that reaction could end up saving your life. Of course, this is easier to say than it is to do (It is tough to think rationally when a hurricane blows the roof off of your house) but panic will only make your chances even worse. No one knows for sure if my feeling of security is a valid one, but time will tell. EVERYONE will face danger at some point of his or her life. Sometimes we can conquer the elements and other times the elements can conquer us. Whatever happens (or doesn’t happen) I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported me and read my Daily Thought throughout the years. Through the great responses I have received it is awesome to know that I managed to touch someone in a special way through my writings. I sincerely hope to continue and I wish you all the love, health and “safety” in your own environment. God willing, I will send you another Daily Thought tomorrow. Thank you and I hope you feel “blessed” today.


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Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly