“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature” Neil deGrasse Tyson – Scientist
Fires fuelled by drought, high temperatures and wind along with other catastrophic natural disasters are all contributing factors to the millions of displaced people roaming the earth looking for somewhere to live and work.
Quintin – watercolour It is very easy for those of us with a roof over our heads, food in the cupboards and an ordered infrastructure to live within to believe that we are OK…..All those awful things only happen to other people. It would seem that we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Tom – American poetI was prompted to write this post because two people I know have been effected by the terrible fires in California. All of a sudden ordered lives have been turned upside down and inside out……For many life is now unrecognisable.
The same of course can be said for the people so badly pummelled by recent hurricanes and flooding…..Within hours, all that was ‘normal’ – has changed.
Although I have never been in such a catastrophe – I have had major changes in my life which have meant learning to live in new ways. Most certainly, they have taught me never to take anything for granted.
When people’s lives are torn apart…it takes time to pick up the pieces – to start again. Orderly lives are replaced with fragmentation…..routines disappear until new ones are established. The more adaptable we are, the better.
Speaking from personal experience, change can come with new opportunities. New ways to see ourselves – new ways to live our lives.
Once again, I believe that the creative process can help and indeed maybe guide some into a new more creative way of being. Creatives are very familiar with seeing life in many different ways….which is the kind of thinking that needs to prevail at such times.
Children playing with shells on Armona Island Portugal. One friend said it was very difficult to know what to take when having to leave a home very quickly. A home filled with years of memories and all the things we tend to take for granted.
Learning to respect Mother Nature is key to living well on Earth. Every time a piece of litter is dropped – although it may seem insignificant – it shows a lack of respect for our beautiful Earth.
My daughter Christie with two magical hummingbirds.
“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted”. Aldous Huxley