Ever stand at the edge of a large expanse and yell at the top of your lungs waiting for the echo? It’s amazing how often in pop culture, television, movies, music, etc, we get the echo of what’s happening to many of us at the same exact time. Tropical storm Ida is causing quite a disturbance in the gulf and there’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t change the course of the storm, we can’t move the country out of harm’s way, and we can’t force people to take appropriate measures to insure their own safety.
In the United States we suffered a tremendous last week at Ft. Hood when a member of the military opened fire amongst a crowded room of unarmed service personnel and civilians. While this was happening an angry employ entered his previous place of employment, opened fire killing one and injuring five employees. Once again in these cases there is a powerlessness felt because some force whether it be created by nature or man himself sets something in motion and unfortunately we’re right in the path of the turbulence.
Why am I bringing this up in a forum that discusses illness? You can’t elude an illness. It doesn’t put a GPS locator on you and hunts you down, it happens. The unfortunate part for those of us diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness is that we can’t get out of harms way once the disease is set in motion. We can begin treatment, but that’s like brining FEMA trailers in after the storm has hit. Avoidance may be a coping mechanism for emotional issues, but when it comes to physical health avoidance can be fatal.
No matter how powerful we think we are there are still forces greater than us. It would be great if we could overcome every obstacle but we can’t. Doctors can’t heal every disease, clergy can’t heal every spiritual hurt, and mental health professionals can’t heal every disorder/life malady. Does that mean we’re powerless? Certainly not, it means we have to get better at using the available resources we have at our disposal. We have to enlist the support of every opportunity, person, and invention/creation that could serve us on our journey to health and healing. Yes there are forces greater than us, be we are a greater force than some…let’s make sure we know it and use that knowledge.