Ice Storm – Out With A Bang!
The Great Ice Storm of 2013 didn’t really hit like a storm, per se. The winds weren’t blowing that fiercely. But rain fell for hours on end at the freezing mark and did incredible damage. Layers of heavy ice built up until trees and hydro lines everywhere collapsed under the weight. Hundreds of thousands of people across Ontario, including yours truly, lost their power just two days before Christmas.
The last couple of months has been exhilarating and exhausting. At this point, I was really looking forward to some downtime, but things didn’t quite unfold the way I’d planned.
Boy, there’s nothing like a power outage to snap you into the present and remind you of what’s important!
My priorities on December 21st: 1. Finish Christmas wrapping 2. Clear some emails out of my inbox 3. Tidy up and pack before leaving to see the folks.
We lost power at 2am
My priorities on December 22nd: 1. See: Blind groping for matches, candles (down to my last three tea lights), and (thank you God) flashlight batteries. 2. Get information: (Toronto Hydro’s helpful recording confirmed that yes, my power was out) and 3. Obtain hot coffee (this entailed bundling up, making a truly creepy journey down five flights of stairs in a pitch black stairwell and slip-sliding my way through the streets until I found a café that still had power.)
I was thrilled to leave my frigid home and hop in a rental car a couple days later to head up to my folks’ place! Christmas is always a special time for my family, but it was even sweeter and more precious this year. I was so grateful that everyone was safe and healthy and together. In the end, there’s nothing more important than that.
After Christmas, I got home to a cold apartment, but the lights were on and things were slowly warming up. I was lucky. There were thousands of people without power for nearly ten days.
Being shaken ‘to my foundations’ so to speak, has made me think a lot about the importance having the basics in place. I’m now fully stocked with matches, candles and batteries. I have emergency numbers at the ready. I know where I’ve put everything so that if need be, I can find it all in the dark. I feel strong and prepared!
The ice storm also provoked a lot of serious reflection about what it means to me to feel strong and solid in business, too. Read on to find out how to build an unshakeable foundation for success in 2014!