(Note: There is not audio blog today due to technical difficulties related to Hurricane Sandy.)
Wow! I am writing to you from a friend’s apartment here in Upper Manhattan.
Yesterday and the day before were certainly ones to remember. Hurricane Sandy hit the city and it wasn’t kind. About 6:30pm on Monday night our power went out and took out the power from all of lower Manhattan below 39th street. Last I read power would be out for 4 – 10 days.
Folks have died and massive damage has been done, all the while there is a ton of silver lining in my experience of Sandy. First of all, Chris Assaad, Jenna and I are all okay. Also, there was SUCH an outpouring of LOVE from the TDL Community and my friends on Twitter and Facebook, I can’t believe how much love was sent in our direction.
What I’m present to in the moment as I write this blog is that there is so much in life that I take for granted. Something as simple as power, for instance. When I came to NYC, I was thinking about both my talks at RHH Live and my talk at Hay House this coming weekend. I was nervous, scared and worried about how I was going to look. I was all in my head and trying to calm myself down.
After RHH Live is when Sandy really came and hit NYC hard. When the power went out, when I saw the face of a building a half block from us on the ground, when I saw the crane that snapped, when I saw Atlantic City under water, when I saw Battery Park flooded and the World Trade Center location flooded, all I could think about was the gratitude that I and my loved ones were OK. Then, my next thought was on survival.
I needed to find a place with power, with heat, with a working fridge. All things that I take for granted. So Jenna, Chris and I packed up and headed to my friend’s place on 48th Street to gather our thoughts and charge up. All the while, I was getting updated on Twitter about the latest damage, power outages and seeing how my friends are doing.
All the while, all my fears and worries about looking good on stage, about what I was going to say, about if it would be awesome or not – GONE. And I haven’t thought about them since. I’ve been focused on how grateful I am to have a roof over my head, a hot shower and power. I’ve been focused on how grateful I am to have a fridge for food that has food in it. I’ve been focused on how grateful I am that my friends are OK and that my loved ones are safe.
And in this place of gratitude, I feel abundant, joyful and alive. I’m excited to speak this weekend at Hay House, but I’ve gotten a HUGE reality check. Thoughts of insecurity have been replaced for now with thoughts of service and gratitude. And thoughts of not being enough have been replaced with the awareness of how Loved and taken care of I am.
Can you see this in your life today? You may not have been through a hurricane, or maybe you have. Either way, what basic amazing needs can you be grateful for today?
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