I firmly believe that much of our lives are in our own hands. That there is a means for all of us to make the most of our circumstance. But I also try to temper those beliefs so as to remember that we are simply flecks of dust on a fleck of dust. I subscribe to a couple of feeds that balance my enthusiasm and passion and remind me of my own insignificance.
Yesterday there were 269 tornado warnings and dozens of tornadoes across the United States.
The picture above was taken across the street from my son’s high school yesterday afternoon. He was spared. Others in towns only a few miles to the north, west, and south of this picture were devastated.
Call it what you will, but all of us succeed or fail, live or die, by some measures well beyond our control. I will not dwell on the bad things that could happen. I will reflect on them only to keep balance and perspective.
This picture reminds me to be grateful for what I have, and to have empathy for others, because some are spared and others are not, and a great deal of that is beyond anyone’s control.