The picture above is of Atlantic City. The effects of Sandy's power are evident even though it was, at the time of the photo, more than 200 miles offshore. Things are hitting my roof and windows as I type. The powerful weather event is made more incredible by the fact that it will meet up with a Winter Storm Front coming from the West. "The Perfect Storm" is gradually building and Philadelphia is in its direct path.
Things like this help to put life in perspective. Worries about money, sports teams, school, and just about everything else, except for our loved ones and the necessities of life - love, food, shelter, and...hmm - that's about it, are all that matter.
Sure,,,once it passes, people will - most likely - fall back into their usual ways and succumb to their regular patterns. But, for some that won't be so easy or even possible. Sadly, some people may die. For others, their homes may be quite damaged. Flooding may disrupt travel, power outages may make it almost impossible to resume "normal life" for weeks. Maybe, just maybe, a sizable portion of the 60 million people that this storm will effect will look at life a bit more holistically. Perhaps they'll recognize what is really important and throw off so many of the things that they previously thought were.
By the time most of you read this, you will know what the damage was, how people reacted, and what the residual affects of the storm are. Hopefully, there will be lots of stories about good people doing kind things and also...how so many of us can now see how important the simple pleasures of life really are.