A Lesson From Hurricane Irene

by Dr. Christopher on August 30, 2011

After every storm, can you find the rainbow?

It’s almost 4 days after Hurricane Irene.

My family and I live in New Jersey, where seven people have died so far.

My mom’s house is still without power.

My dad’s house is  surrounded by water and unable to reach by car.

Why does it take a natural disaster to remind us how important electricity, mobility, and transportation are?

What else can we learn from Irene?

Count your blessings, again.

In a NY Times article out today, a Denville, NJ resident said:

“You watch TV and see those people in Mississippi with their stuff messed up,” said Josh Steed, a manager at Sogo Sushi House in Denville, N.J. “You never think it’ll be you.”

Floods happen to everyone.  As do accidents, disasters, losses, terminal illnesses, and deaths.

Suddenly, your spilled coffee or nasal allergies don’t matter so much.

Sometimes we forget how good we have it.

Don’t worry though.  Irene won’t be the last reminder we get about what really matters.

What can you be grateful for today?

Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Morristown, NJ.  He practices out of Crossfit Morristown.
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

DK September 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

Hi Chris…Miss you and see you soon.

First its funny how where I am living now its the rainy/monsoon season. People live by rivers, streams etc. to make a living or just to survive themselves. So the people are always ready and know what to do when a flood comes. Living off of the land and not relying on being able to drive to the store to get food is how about half of the people here live and the other half all know how to live like that. When the power goes out, which is a weekly, occurance life goes on as usual with out any glitch. What im getting at here is that too many people in the world are only consumers and not producers. They dont know how to actually live a life with out things being provided easily to them….Soo I am grateful for learning to live they way I think life should be more like. Living with nature and knowing how to live without processed foods that come out of plastic bags…..

Dr. Christopher September 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

DK … I miss you very much and am excited for the next few months.

Amazing lesson. I wish I could learn it directly with you. I’ll experience it myself someday.

My phone is my alarm clock. One day last week, the phone died. We didn’t have power back yet. Because I had a patient the following day at 7:15 AM, I slept at the office to make sure I didn’t miss him. I remember thinking, “Don’t take anything for granted Chris.” We have so many services in the U.S., we don’t realize how good we have it.

DK September 9, 2011 at 5:49 am

You can try the Native American trick…drink a whole lot of water before you go to bed when you have to wake up early….it might work next time..you’ll be up at 5:30 having to pee real bad

Dr. Christopher September 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

Haha, I like that trick. But I want to wake up with the sun, not before that like 2 AM or 3 AM. Maybe I’ll try it, we’ll see.

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