Tornadoes, Covid-19 and Social-Distancing

Chattanooga, TN sunset

An EF-3 tornado ripped through part of my beloved Chattanooga Monday, April 13. This act of nature decided to add a bit more to the challenges of Covid-19, business closures and social distancing. As I read through the vulnerability, shock, sadness, fear, and anger of my fellow Chattanoogans, I am reminded that sometimes the only light we see is just out of reach in the current storm we are in.

As dark clouds roll in, we all wish we could teleport to where we see the light exploding on the fringes of our sanity.

I also see reports and get messages from friends with their personal and business wins amidst devastation, and I am reminded immense darkness and bursts of colored light exist simultaneously.

It reminds me of 2 years ago when my soul sister came to the funeral to mourn the loss of our dear Laura and went to go celebrate another dear friend’s daughter’s 16th birthday 🎂 on the same day. She wrote about how a person could experience such a wide range of emotions in one particular day. On that day two very different lives were celebrated in two very different ways – saying goodbye to one and welcoming new adventures for another.

Yesterday was one of those days for me. I woke up to hear parts of my town were devastated by tornadoes 🌪 and flooding, another friend received news of her mother dying 😢, a friend of a friend’s young children are in the ICU clinging to their lives, another friend lies alone in a hospital, another friend celebrates 👏 new clients for her business, and I celebrate a possible business venture in Canada.

I enter into and share the emotion of each circumstance because that’s just what we do as we share this very real, very human life together.

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