Our power came back on last night at about 2:15AM. 54 hours without power and in the grand scheme of things, it was a minuscule inconvenience compared to those who lost their lives, homes, cars, possessions or who might continue to be without power for any additional extended period of time due to Hurricane Sandy.
Having said that, it is important to remember that each individual is going to have a different kind of stress reaction in relation to the events they have recently been experiencing, witnessing or simply agonizing over. To be gentle, compassionate, and kind to one another right now would be a truly blessed thing.
One thing I’ve discussed in the past but never really put into action is a gratitude journal. So, in light of recent events I thought that now would be as good a time as any. I will admit that it was a struggle to keep stress in check over the last few days, and I am probably most grateful for my husband being my rock in the storm. The ability to stay connected to my Facebook and Twitter communities via my iPhone & 3G iPad (wifi went out w/ the power) went a long way towards feeling like I wasn’t alone.
My heart goes out to anyone who struggled or suffered loss of any kind during the last few days.