Hurricanes Teach Us Lessons About The Uncontrollables

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Swirling HurricaneI have always loved hurricanes as a weather event. Having grown up in Florida and lived in Texas I have seen and felt a lot of them. They are a little more FORMAL entering our lives with satellite, radar, and hurricane hunter planes. Unlike tornadoes that just drop out of the sky hurricanes inch up on you and then you have to deal with them. They can be unpredictable in their path for sure and I have seen them even do U-turns out in the Atlantic.

I hope all are safe with Irene's battering of the East Coast and remnants of the storm in its aftermath. But

      Hurricanes Teach Us About Uncontrollables

  • All you can do is prepare your best, then what may happen will happen
  • There are fools who ignore good common sense in the face of danger
  • If you wait too late to prepare, well you are stuck. The classic batten down the hatches position
  • Nothing MORE real than the uncontrollable. You cannot deny its existence. When a hurricane is on your doorstep you can't turn off the 100 mph winds
  • There is a little random good luck or bad luck with the uncontrollable, like a hurricane's highest winds missing your area yet trees falling down and killing the innocent somewhere else. Be at peace with something so completely out of your control
  • Realize PARTS of life are going to be out of control, many in fact, that go along with normal things you think are in your control, paying your electric bill means you get electric, well maybe
  • Develop multiple paths or options to handle the out of control. A Plan B if you will. Battery power for your PC or radio and flashlights, generators at home, jugs of water. Think of this as your redundant life. It is very smart if you think about it. Planning redundancy or Plan B's throughout your life or even Plan C's you turn into a very advanced thinker in all areas.
  • Finally, very important, this too shall pass. The uncontrollable does not last forever and it is like riding a roller coaster with that initial huge drop. The biggest shock is usally the first one, then things lessen in intensity (THANK GOD lol)
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Elite Home Sales Team
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You got it those are all thing to take away from these kinds of events.

Aug 28, 2011 05:56 AM #1
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Sandy Acevedo
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So true. Nature is a powerful force that cannot be contained. We just do the best we can to get along with her.

Aug 28, 2011 05:59 AM #2
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Bud & Beth McKinney
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Much agreed, so many people think that they can just sit around and not have to do anything about the event that is occuring, but they really should listen to these reports and get ready as soon as possible just in case!

Aug 28, 2011 06:00 AM #3
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James Muhammad
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You are absolutely correct.  You can never predict the future and you have to make everyday count..

Aug 28, 2011 06:17 AM #4
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Gary - and to think that that monster passed over our  home last night! Hurricanes can be tricky and change course real quick. I'm just glad that Irene didn't do nearly the damage expected. We are one of the lucky towns that has electricity - most don't and there's flooding everywhere. Hope it breaks apart soon...

Aug 28, 2011 06:30 AM #5
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Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
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Having been born in the Mid-west, I remember the Tornado warnings very clearly. Also the fear and uncertainty of what "might" happen. Fortunately Hurricanes are something I've never experienced, thank goodness.

Aug 28, 2011 07:27 AM #6
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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
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Very nice spin off into how we do actually have some control.  Very nice post!

Aug 28, 2011 07:49 AM #7
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Patricia Kennedy
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Gary, New York was totally unprepared for Irene NOT to be a disaster!
Aug 28, 2011 10:14 AM #8
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
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You'd think we develop some expertise in preparation for weather related events since they happen every year, in every prt of the country. Heavy rain, flooding, hurricanes, dust storms, tornadoes, snow, cold, drought. We shoud be pretty good at figuring out what to do by now.

Aug 28, 2011 11:17 AM #9
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William Feela
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Weather events are very addictive to me.  It is just to bad there is so much damage with this.

Aug 28, 2011 11:18 AM #10
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Richard Iarossi
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Gary,

I am always humbled at how insignificant we are when it comes to nature. 

Rich

Aug 28, 2011 12:57 PM #11
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Cherise Selley
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Gary,

Having grown up in Florida myself, weathering the hurricanes is a part of life, though these are getting much larger and more unpredictable about strength, surge and direction.  All your points are valid ones to consider, especially the reality that the hurricane will eventually pass... g

Aug 28, 2011 04:27 PM #12
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Hannah Williams
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Gary My sister lives in Florida and gave me detailed instructions to follow. Furtunatly I did not need them . I was one of the lucky ones.

Hannah

Aug 29, 2011 05:13 AM #13
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Eileen Hsu
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Gary, using common sense can go a long way. There were surfers out in the ocean as the hurricane were around the corner in part of Long Island New York because they said they were 'water people'... What can you say about that?!

Aug 29, 2011 11:52 AM #14
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Gary,

I like and envy your style of writing. A lot of thought in a short blog. That's a talent

Aug 29, 2011 04:35 PM #15
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