The 2021 Texas Freeze and power outage was nothing to laugh about and it will be remembered as the storm of the century. Many people lost their lives and the estimate of property damages hasn't been tallied. So why do people laugh at me when I tell them I woke up freezing and realized my bed froze? The truth is, I woke up at 2:00 a.m. after going to bed on Valentine's Day. My bed was cold and hard as stone. I couldn't stop shivering. Once power was restored on Thursday evening, I told those closest to me what happened. They laughed at me about my mattress freezing.
"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."
I've come to realize many people don't understand me. Perhaps that is why I cling to faith as if my life depends on it. Because the truth is, it does! One book and movie that made a lasting impression on me was "To Kill A Mocking Bird." I always liked old movies that starred Gregory Peck because he seemed to have what I needed most in my life to get me through the tough times when others laughed, harshly disagreed, and caused me to feel shame. He inspired me to have faith in me.
"Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and
perspective in life." ---Gregory Peck
"Ya Gotta Problem With Dat..." was an AR post written by Michael Jacobs. I love reading literature and AR blogs of interest that gives me inspiration. The article Michael mentioned, "comparing reactions to certain issues," really is like looking at problems in "the rear-view-mirror."
"Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the pubic
what has happened." ---Walter Cronkite (American Broadcast Journalist)
In reference to the power outage that spanned the state of Texas, when I think about comparing and contrasting current issues that fundamentally changed in a TX minute, unless I was the one in total control and I had something to do with the mission, objective, or participated in the strategy that caused the outage (which I'm not), I don't know how mentally prepared I could have been to circumvent the situation. Nor could I have known at the time I purchased the gel infused memory foam mattress one hot summer day a few years ago, that the mattress I bought was "liable to freeze when exposed to moisture and temperatures below 32 degrees F (0 degrees C)." Nor did I know that when the temperatures dipped that low, "moisture will be circulating through the air," and that's the reason why it becomes hard as stone if left in a freezing environment." I would like to think an alarm went off in my head (just in time) and woke me up; perhaps I was saved by faith, unlike the poor child, the 11-year-old boy from Conroe, Texas who went to sleep and never woke up because his little body succumbed to hypothermia.
"Be prepared.... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare
himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any
accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.
In conclusion, every unexpected situation we find ourselves in, in which we have no control is a battlefield in which 80% may suffer and some will survive. Others, will continue to make money making unsafe products or neglecting to make safety a top priority. The sad truth is, sometimes it takes a tragedy to make successful changes. Unfortunately, someone always pays the price. Consumer reviews, warnings, honest advertising, and listening to the smallest voices may have a stronger impact on who survives---Patricia Feager
"To the the brains of our predecessors, we owe
all of our inheritance of civilization and culture."
This post is dedicated to Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 who mentioned on several occasions for me to turn my comments into a blog post. Today I had the courage to do it.