Friday, January 4, 2013

Hurricane Sandy and life as I see it

     It only took one night to change everything my family deemed as real and tangible as Sandy landed straight for us that Monday night.  Ourselves and countless other families on Rockaway Beach, NY  have since been displaced and fatigued beyond belief.  Two months later, I have learned some very valuable lessons that I would like to share with you all:

1.   LIVE IN THE MOMENT because that's all it is, a moment.

2.  Gratitude is one of the best ways to feel contentment.  Instead of focusing on what you            
     don't have, rely on the beautiful gifts you have: your loved ones, friends, your talents, your
     health.  Remember these things and you will be grateful everyday.

3.  Get some perspective, let it go, then move on.  Life has the ability to drastically throw you a curve
     ball;  don't forget to stay in the game.

4.  Giving feels so much better than getting.  In a situation like mine, giving was necessary to help
     my community.  Keeping that feeling of giving feels pure and beautiful.

5.   Love your children and watch their cues; they are wise beyond their years.  We have so much to
      learn from them.

6.   You cannot motivate people, although you can set the tone and inspire them.

7.    Sip your tea and savor it!

My youngest, Riley and I:  The New York Post




  1. Christel, your insight, strength, and compassion are so inspiring. Thank you for writing and sharing your thoughts after so much loss and devastation. May the future bring you much joy. And may the music keep your spirits high.

  2. Thank you ytliek. Your support through this has given me the strength to keep moving!