Last night, the mid-south region was hit by some powerful storms. We had between 2 and 3 tornadoes touch down in the area, and had enough rain that I considered building an ark. Logan slept through the majority of it. We were watching the local weather guru on TV play with his bazillion dollar toys to determine if we were in eminent danger, so we never made a run for the “safe room” (the laundry room underneath the stairs) but we were prepared to do so if necessary. Once the rain let up, I went outside to see if there was any damage and was surprised to see that my neighbors’ yard was basically a lake. The street was flooded, and was probably 2 ft deep, and I could tell by the debris left in yards that I was seeing it after it had already gone down quite a bit. After another 30 minutes, it was all gone, the storm drains having done their work.
It may seem like an odd turn of thought, but having been through a strong storm and the worst thing I had to show for it was wet feet from running around outside made me realize just how wonderful it is to have some of the simple things in life. My roof didn’t leak. My power didn’t go out. My son wasn’t screaming in fear. It is not often enough that I stop to consider the good things I take for granted every day. My car starts, I have food, I have shelter, I have a job, and I have people that love me and whom I love. Maybe I’m a simple man, but I don’t think I need anything more than that. Making Logan giggle after he awoke from his nap during the storm was just the icing on the cake.
Take a minute and think about all the good things in your life, and appreciate them. We don’t know how long we will have them, and it would be a shame to not realize just how good you have it until you no longer do.