It’s been a disorienting week here in NYC.
We were blessed to be located in a part of the city that was left relatively untouched, save a few downed trees. Fierce winds hammered us and school’s been closed all week, but we kept our power and only lost web, TV and phone for a few days.
Many friends and family are still without power. Lines for gas at the few stations that have it are half-a-day long. And those are still the fortunate ones. You’ve all seen the footage of parts of the city and surrounding areas that were on the coast.
I don’t know anyone who took a direct hit on that level, but as a family, we’re working on how best to help. As are many people in the area.
And there’s this odd dichotomy.
Above 23rd Street, life has pretty much kept on keeping on. It’s not like you see it on TV. Most businesses have re-opened, people are figuring ways to get where they need to go, do the work they need to do and return to relative normalcy. Below 23rd Street, it’s still largely a dark zone. And in the outer boroughs and coastal areas, it ranges from being a major inconvenience to post apocalyptic.
It’s like there are two New Yorks, living two realities side-by-side.
Unscathed and blessed as we were, I’ve been having a lot of trouble working this week. I’ve got a ton of work to do, responsibilities to take care of, income that needs to be generated to keep a roof over my family’s head. I have amazing things on the horizon, possibilities to breath life into. Desires and aspirations. All still entirely realizable.
But, how do you pursue your own best life, your own great vision, when there’s so much disorientation and suffering so close to you?
What do you do? Hold your family close? Do your work? Reach out to friends and family? Offer to help in ways you know how? Explore how to help in ways you don’t yet know? Pursue your vision with zest? Put it on hold? Tone things down? Be grateful?
And, how much of what’s going on do you share with kids? How do you keep them safe, but also expose them to the impermanence of life and need to help on a level that engenders gratitude, service and compassion?
I honestly don’t know what the answers are. I’m grappling with them.
But, staying silent for the week just doesn’t feel right.
I’d love to know your thoughts…
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