How can you remain positive in times of adversity?
How can you accept what is happening, when what is happening doesn't feel good?
On the east coast of Australia we have just been battered by an ex-tropical cyclone. That's a hurricane or a tornado to those in other countries.
For 3 days we were subjected to high winds, almost constant rain and flooding which has wreaked havoc for thousands of people here.
For those 3 days it was safer to stay indoors at all times than to go out at all. Even venturing to the back garden could yield you a tree on your head. Sadly a few people who decided to go out and sight-see the floods and devastation whilst the storm was still in progress, were killed by trees falling on them.
We were lucky, we lost power and therefore internet for just a few hours on Monday. Others (including my son) aren't so lucky and haven't had power for 4 days now.
It ended this morning. We woke up to the sunrising and silence. It was a very good feeling. I went out to look at the damage, and found a tree completely blocking us off from the road, as the picture shows above.
I've cleaned up the rest of the debris around the outside of the house and apart from lots of shredded leaves, everything is now clean.
Whilst Oswald (the ex-cyclone) was battering us, there was nothing to do but accept that we could go nowhere and do very little. I was on the final 2 days of a cleanse detox and knew that it wasn't safe to go out to get veggies for our meals, it just wasn't worth the danger involved. We made do with brown rice and mixed beans with a little frozen spinach.
While we were housebound we made the most of our time. Instead of lamenting what we couldn't do, and focusing on what we didn't have, we focused ourselves on what we did have and felt an appreciation for that. We had electricity most of the time, we had internet and television most of the time so that we knew what was going on and when the end was in sight. We had water, we had plenty of food in the cupboards to sustain us for longer. We spent our time relaxing and enjoying each other's company. Cooking a quinoa breakfast by candlelight was fun - luckily we have gas so with a box of matches to light the stove instead of the electrical ignition, we could still have warm meals and drinks. We were very lucky.
We still are very lucky. We live in an area that doesn't flood. Other's aren't so lucky and are still experiencing the after effects of all of that water that came down on us making its way to the ocean.
We are so lucky, we live across the road from the beach. There were 7 meter waves. Luckily the ocean dumped more sand on the dunes instead of eroding them and flooding our houses with sea water.
My point is, while we focused on what we had, what our blessings were, how lucky we were, we just got luckier and luckier. In the midst of adversity, we managed to create our own luck by our positive focus throughout. The final piece of luck being our fallen tree being removed within an hour of my calling the council.
We are still counting our blessings and will remain doing so to attract even more blessings.
I wasn't always so positive and able to see the benefits of every experience. I taught myself to be like that after experiencing quite possibly the most negatively focused family in the world. When I was negatively focused all those years ago, I was miserable. The misery caused me to desire change. I had had enough of feeling bad. I decided to find another way. The other way was acceptance of everything. As soon as I accepted everything, instead of resisting my experiences, I started to see the benefits of everything. I started to become positively focused. It changed my life.
What are you negatively focused on?
Would you like to change those experiences by being able to focus positively?
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