Tuesday, July 27, 2010
When the Going gets Tough
Like clockwork, Mother Nature rocked the Chicagoland area with heavy storms and severe flooding this past weekend. Along with water, we were given rude awakening to the fact that nature is completely out of our control. We have control over many aspects of our lives; the vehicles we drive, the food we eat, the activities we participate in, the friends we have. The only things that really remain out of our league are time and weather. We can't control how many minutes are in the day but we can decide what to do with the time we're given. We cannot stop the sky from raining, but we can seek shelter and ride it out. Driving down the road the other day was a very humbling experience. Families that worked relentlessly to create a home that would be comfortable saw their hard work dragged out to the curb, soaking wet.
It really makes you stop and think about what we treasure and what holds value for us. Things will always be things - they can hold memories and remind us of a certain time in our life, but at the end of the day, they are still just things. What matters are the people in our lives that end up working by our side to help clean up and organize what nature tried to destroy. There was a lot of sweat and a lot of tears this weekend as those affected by the storms tried to pick up the pieces and put their houses back together and regain control. It's like they say, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."