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The Calm before the Storm

Updated on May 10, 2010

Starting over after the storm

Appreciate the calm


The peaceful and tranquil feeling of that calm....ahhhh it is so nice. When all is well and comfortable. We see many people sitting on porches and so enjoying the temp drop and the noneventfulness ..just before the crash of lightning and a heavy pour. This sounds normal and a very nice thing to do..but I will put my spin on this.......

You see in my opinion.....they knew a storm was coming.......about to take away some outdoor fun and activities. They decided to enjoy what was there to enjoy.............before it was no longer an option. However not all of lifes events are as well written for per sa the weather.....but we all know with a reasonably certainty that there will be lifes storm raging upon us and many wait until the storm hits or is so close that it can not be ignored...before enjoying the people that are considered their loved ones.

This is an age old rant!! You don't know what ya got til it's gone......I am not talking material things.....I can safely say this " I lost my home and all of the contents in 2007"! Not a tear was shed from me......I moved to Durham with my family with airbeds and some clothes from Walmart. My girls and poodles were with me and I felt blessed to have them. They were troopers as daughter missed her books and the other had a few stuffed animals she missed. No one complained .........we had each other...but it was tough for them to move and to see me as sick as I was.

I am not telling all this to be looked upon as a saint....but to express that "what would I do" question I pose to myself from time to time. I know what I would do and feel in many circumstances because I have lived it and moving after losing a home was tough but to come here with no clutter of my existence was sort of nice.

All the things I clung to and kept represented my life but it went further than that too. Everything had a memory attatched and I couldn't bear to get rid of hardly anything. All my childrens handmade art, all my treasures that were found by me and my girls as we would antique shop at yard sales and thrift shops. Needless to say my home was getting cluttered and my eldest daughter would go through it from time to time trying to help get the home more organized . It was always so hard to throw away was my rememberence of our days as a family.

The lesson was hard taught and a little difficult to learn......but treasure your family and make new memories each day.....write about them.....and tell the ones today how much you enjoyed their company and the times you had in the past. For the clutter in the house kept my mind cluttered as I am free to make new times and keep focus on my present and future, before another storm hits!

May you all find and appreciate your calm times

with love,



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    • Momma Mia profile image

      Momma Mia 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mike

      Sometimes fighting the storm and rebuilding after makes a better fort to reside in......

      Moms day was quite 15 year old daughter that moved away two years ago because of My illness ...decided she would rather watch me live...than to let me die without her....she is moving back in 3 weeks

      I feel so blessed xoxoxox

      thankyou for your kind and insightful words

      bless you


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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      It is good to know you have the strength to deal with life's adversities, and just as good to look back with pride on what you have faced and overcome. We can face the storm when it arrives or flee from it... you have faced the storm well.

      Hope you had a great Mother's Day.


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      Momma Mia 7 years ago from North Carolina

      thankyou J.D for your kind words.....I always knew in my heart that if I lost everything That i would be fine.....but I now proved to myself what I always feels good

      Happy Monday to you and God bless you as well


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      Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      This is quite inspiring! Sometimes I get "brain-blocked" when I try to plan for the storms, and this I know is because my perceived "fear" may not be coming from the Lord. So, I rest assured that He is all I need ~ and anywhere I go, He goes before me and is with me. What a great attitude you shared, and when we truly know what is valuable in our lives (which is not material), no one and no storm can take that away! I so appreciate the bond of love and friendship with my friends and family ~ but moreso, that bond with my Lord! God bless you!!