I am always intrigued during hurricane season by our early warning systems (translated "early panic" systems). While I understand the criticality of early warning given the devastating nature of these storms, it's an amazing exercise in human nature when I observe the impact of early information on our lives and our psyches.
As a born and bred Californian, I've also experienced my fair share of earthquakes. I'm blessed to tell you that of the dozens of earthquakes I experienced throughout the years, only one was catastrophic and here is the distinction I want to draw for you…
There's no early warning with earthquakes.
When an earthquake hits, all of a sudden the ground begins to shudder and a few seconds or minutes later, it's done. You don't have days and days to wonder whether it will be a 2.3 or a 6.2. You don't have days to speculate on its path and listen to endless analysis on fault lines and potential outcomes (all bad). You simply experience an earthquake and (hopefully) go about your day.
Not so with hurricanes…
We have days in which to speculate, prepare and (for most of us) freak out. The good news is that rarely does reality live up to expectation and we have spent all that energy panicked over something which we cannot control.
And at the end of the day, it all boils down to what we can control.
I'm not suggesting that one shouldn't worry or be concerned when a storm is coming. Fear is a human reaction that can save our lives under the right circumstances but is worrying, on its own, going to change the path of a storm or prevent the damage that it is destined to create?
When you know a storm is coming, get out your hurricane checklist and make sure that you are as prepared as you can be. As the old proverb goes - You hope for the best and prepare for the worst. But here's the rest of the story…
How often do you spend needless emotional energy around an event that you cannot control?
Control what you can control. Let the rest go and move on to what's next.
You were born to be great.
YES, you can!