It’s hurricane season in New Jersey, and when forecasters begin hinting at the possibility of any significant event, panic ensues. The inevitable pandemonium that comes with storm prepping is most obvious in local grocery stores. Shoppers scramble to grab loaves of bread, cartons of milk, snacks, water, batteries, and apparently, frozen pizzas. Chaos reigns supreme.
This week, Hurricane Joaquin has weather experts rousing the masses with repeated warnings and perpetual scrolling alerts. Last night, stripped shelves at the grocery store proved that many folks have gone straight to code red. Predictable? Yes. Necessary? That remains to be seen. The decimated aisles, and shoppers dragging overflowing carts of must-have disaster products were reminders that we all require the necessary items to weather any storm. Chips, frozen pizza, bread, milk, and coffee appear to be the essentials that quiet the frazzled minds of those in the path of impeding storms. But—how do we prepare for the storms that have nothing to do with barometric pressure, wind speeds, and tides?
Like the weather, life can be full of unpredictable storm patterns. When the warnings and red flags are flying, many are able to confidently march into the belly of the beast. Others, not so much because when we fail to prepare, we’ve prepared to fail. This is the mindset that keeps folks clinging to the notion that they lack the ability to survive the challenge. It keeps us stuck, fearful, and anxiously bracing for impact. [Read more…]