Thursday, February 24, 2011

Earthquakes and Snow

The week started off with the news of the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. My heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones. When things like this happen, we are reminded once again how little control we have over nature. Machines signal the possibility of an earthquake, but we never know how bad the devastation will be until the quake is upon us. We are left at the mercy of the elements.

As if to remind us of how little control we have over the weather and other natural phenomenon: it snowed in Seattle. It snows here, but to have it snow at the end of February is a bit unusual. The snow fluttered down innocently at first. Before anyone had time to blink, the snow plummeted down forming snow blankets across the streets and lawns.  Cars spun out of their lanes. Chimneys huffed and puffed vigorously. Everyone attempts to 'control' the outcome of the heavy snow fall.

No matter how much everyone would like to be in charge, they must admit there are things in life beyond their control. They must accept their frailty.

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