Evacuation or Liberation? Time to Decide

As we consistently watched the Weather Channel, keeping an eye on the Hurricanes making it’s way towards us, the moment came and the decision was made; we were leaving.  As I stood amongst my belongings, I not only struggled with deciding what to consider “must haves,” I also struggled with the thought of possibly losing anything left behind.  Finally, the bags were packed, the vehicles were loaded and we were on our way.  I was experiencing my very first evacuation.  The traffic and gas stations showed signs of others shifting to safer places as well.  It was amazing to see all the people preparing for the ugly wrath of Hurricane Laura especially in the midst of the current beautiful bright clear skies.  Several days passed, Hurricane Laura rerouted and we were finally headed back home. 

As I unpacked my must haves I reflected.  Not so much on the fact that we were blessed to not have suffered any loss but on how easily we, and so many thousands, made a decision and quickly transitioned.  We all committed to what we thought was best at the time and took the necessary actions for change. 

“So, is change really that difficult?” I asked.  Why do we so often fear and avoid it?  Or is decision making easier when we are faced with danger or put in a crunch?  Sometimes we spend days, years even, pondering over making transitions, i.e., starting a new career, getting an education/mastering new skills, living healthy lifestyles or just simply living life on our own terms.  We even look for the perfect excuse not to do the things we need most, like dissolve toxic relationships or kick horrible habits.  

Talk about nervous, change can be very difficult...I have to say, this has  truly blown me away."

But what if we changed how we see change?  Then the grips of COVID-19 doesn’t look like it’s choking the life out of our hopes, dreams and opportunities. But it cleared our vision and birthed a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the little things in our lives.  Being quarantined isn’t trappings or restrictions but more time and space to plan, create, and move forward pursuing possibilities like never before.  Living in the midst of worldwide pandemic doesn’t have to be full of fear and anxiety but it birthed an awareness.  We are now aware that this world is not quite as wide as we thought and as ethereal beings living in it, we can’t waste time fearfully navigating through it. 

So what if we gave ourselves permission to only view change/transition in life as untapped potential and overwhelming opportunities?  Therefore, as we evolve we too are such.  There is no need to be fearful or resistant but rather eager and excited!  We are already equipped to pursue and obtain whatever is in our hearts; that’s liberating!  Make a decision and take the necessary actions.  Opportunities and endeavors are endless therefore pursuit never ends.  When we change how we see change, we will find ourselves wasting far less time pondering in fear yet celebrating ourselves and our accomplishments far more  often.

Here are some questions to discuss with us:

What was you first major evacuation and how did you decide what to take or not to take?

When you reached your destination what was your initial thought?

What are two things you learned from your evacuation?

4 Comments on “Evacuation or Liberation? Time to Decide

  1. 1. I’ve never been evacuated. But to image having to evacuate, scares me. It would be difficult to decide what to take and not take. I would pack a few suitcases with items that I think I’d need and those items would be necessities.

    2. Once I reached the destination my initial thought would probably be “Did I bring everything I needed?”

    3. Two things I’d learned from the evacuation….1. Some things are not as important to me as a thought, 2. Always prepared for the unexpected.

  2. 1. Hurricane Sandy, legal papers, clothes, I lived in my apartment in the DC metro area, and was told to go my cousins house, which was nearby.

    2. Upon arrival, I didn’t think about it because I was with safe with my extended family.

    3. Family & close friends remind us that we can always weather a storm, challenge, or manage fears or skepticism with those that make us feel loved.

  3. My first major evacuation was Hurricane Katrina. I left at the last minute, so I did not have a thought process. I knew to brings at least three days of clothes and my medication, as well as telephone numbers of friends and family.

    After fifteen hours of riding in heavy traffic and rain, my daughter and I ended at staying in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with my niece and her daughter in a one bedroom apartment.

    When I reached this destination, I was grateful to God, because he kept us safe in the mist of the storm.

    If I knew then, what I know now, I would have brought all my legal documents. Insurance papers, birth certificate, house documents, etc.

    Going through this experience taught me no matter what, somethings are not as important as we thought and sometimes the unknown ends up as a blessing.

    • As an adult, I have never had to evacuate , but if I had to , I would definitely take my Bible and probably a few personal documents, underclothes, and a few clothes. I would also take treasured photos and some nonperishable foods. As a child, when I stayed with my grandpa in MS, whenever there was a storm on the horizon, we evacuated to the storm shelter and took nothing with us. Food was in the storm shelter so we didn’t have to worry about food. We stayed very quiet and calm until it was time to return to the house. Some people think it always a good idea to keep an evacuation kit/luggage prepared in case of an emergency. I have never gone that far in my planning.

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