May 7, 2017

How-To Deal With Life When It Falls Apart

What if... 
What if you awakened one morning,
Like any morning-- 
Enjoyed a steaming cup of coffee,
Dressed and kissed the family good-bye for the day.
All was fine.
Life was good.

Then later it started raining,
And like any rainy day
You grabbed the umbrella and went on with life.

But what if it kept raining,
A crazy kind of rain,
And overnight your town washed away.
Suddenly all was gone,
Or so it seemed.

That's what happened in September 2013,
When "a thousand year flood" 
Slammed into Colorado
"GlenHavenStore" by Sethant at English - Before the Flood

 And washed away the town of Glen Haven.

The picturesque mountain town
Was decimated.
Homes, businesses, cars, personal belongings,
Bridges, roads--
Almost everything was washed away. 
So how do we deal when life falls apart?

 Here I'm reminded of
Dale Carnegie's challenging words:
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
Do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy."
Photo - The Denver Post
That's exactly what the courageous people of
Glen Haven did.
They didn't wait for Governmental agencies to
Rescue them.
Good thing,
Since such help was delayed for weeks and sometimes longer.
 Amidst, mud, flood-waters, massive boulders
And piles of debris
The courageous townspeople of Glen Haven got busy.
Neighbor helped neighbor and
Good-Samaritans came from as far away as Texas. 
Photo - The Denver Post
  Amidst traumatic devastation

Those exemplary men, women, boys and girls
Began the slow
And determined process of rebuilding their lives--
Restoring their village.

 Their type of spunk is what 
Another brave leader described:
"True courage is being afraid and going ahead
And doing your job anyhow.
That's what courage is."
 -General Norman Schwarzkopf

And as Dr. Albert Schweitzer 
Who battled danger and adversity
As a missionary in Africa wrote:
"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles
Possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."

That's what the amazing townspeople 
Of Glen Haven, Colorado have done.
Brave and determined they fought
Against mountainous odds--
With a new mantra:
"Glen Haven strong!"

After roads were restored,
Hubby and I drove miles out of the way
To support them.
 Cinnamon Rolls and Other Scrumptious Delicacies  
The General Store was one of two businesses left standing
Each time we drove through the majestic village
To purchase the yummiest cinnamon rolls ever--
Our hearts were freshly stirred at the
Example of those courageous people
Who refused to give up
When life fell apart.

They fought the odds,
Refused to give up--
And so can we!

As Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never give up!"