Storms of Life

Storms of life

Today in Eastern Canada, I am thinking about the current weather system  and how it can literally turn our lives upside down.  We can have all the plans in the world but if a power greater than yourself takes over your plans can easily be put aside, unless you are up for the challenge of putting yourself at risk as well as others around you.

I remember all those years working as a nurse, especially those years as an operating room nurse. How hard we worked to get ourselves to the hospital even in a storm. Nurses and other health professionals put their lives at risk to save the lives of others who needed emergency services.

Paramedics, Firefighters, policemen and snow plow operators to name a few work diligently during a storm to keep us all safe. What role do we play in our own safety during a storm? Do we take precautions? Do we have a little extra in the house for food? I love the term “ storm chips” but if we have a lot of storms those chips may not be the healthiest.  (in terms of keep ourselves). It is like giving our selves permission to enjoy one of life’s small pleasures when everything else is out of our control.

Many people have said that they enjoy a good snowstorm because their plans are disrupted and they cannot leave the house so they take the opportunity to do some reflection or something else that they have been putting off.

How are snowstorms like the storms of life? Sometimes events take place over which we have no control, yet we want to control them.  This is when I say it is time to take a look at what is in your control and what is out of your control. Adapt just like you would in a snowstorm.  Control what you can and let the rest take care of itself. As difficult as that may seem, what is your alternative?


Maureen has been teaching this ideas for over 35 years. She is a Senior Faculty Member with William Glasser International, A Licensed Counselling Therapist and Certified Personal and Executive Coach.