This morning, a huge storm crashed across northern Colorado, spreading a mile-wide tornado across the town of Windsor and spawning a number of smaller twisters in neighboring communities. Even though they live near the path of the storm, my in-laws were spared most of the devastation that you can see on the videos and photos on CNN and other news sites. They'll spend the night with my sister-in-law nearby, and we'll figure out how to repair their car that was pummeled by hail that some reported to be as big as a baseball.
When the storm hit, I was on my way to Boulder to have lunch with a friend I hadn't seen for a number of years, and the storm didn't seem to be unusual in any way. Only a few miles north, it was a different story.
Tonight, one of the local radio personalities hosted a special show: Tornado, the Finger of God.
Events like this give you pause. When the event directly effects you -- like when I was only a few miles from the epicenter of the World Series earthquake of 1989 or like it was for you on 9/11/2001 -- you take a fresh look at your life. You ask important questions. And sometimes you make commitments and significant changes.
I thought about that this evening. The Finger of God seems so fickle. And yet it stirs up your perception and vision and gives you an opportunity to start again.
Take some time tonight to be grateful. Say a prayer of gratitude and really mean it. You are so blessed to have another day to live, another 14000 or so breaths to breathe today.
And then refocus on what you really care about.
P.S. When you are truly grateful, you are truly free.