For many reasons it has been awhile since I last wrote. I woke up the morning of September 1, 2017 from a dream about writing in my blog on “acceptance”. I checked the Weather Channel on my phone a short time later as I usually do, and happened to notice a video related to Hurricane Harvey. It took my breath away!
A man was playing a beautiful piece of music on his piano, while the person recording him also silently filmed the flooding water of the hurricane slowly rising around him in the room. He however, seemed oblivious to the fact the water was almost to the bottom of the piano bench he was sitting on!
As I watched and listened to him so absorbed in playing his music, I was overcome with tears and a whole new understanding of the word acceptance. It was a visual metaphor too deep for any other word for me as the video slowly faded away...
I have come to understand in the school of my own life experiences this is what we must all do. Eventually, if and when the storms of life hit full force, we all will just have to find the courage to let go of what we expected or wanted and accept what our reality is. Sometimes we will have a warning and time to prepare…sometimes, we won’t. Sometimes there is nothing else we can do except wrap our broken heart, and body, mind and spirit around a sad reality we wish wasn’t happening.
When we are broken, then we are open. Peace can find a way into our brokenness.
I am grateful for the Divine timing and unexpected opportunity to see this video. In the months that have followed Hurricane Harvey there have been many more tragic events in our weather, our country, and our world. That one video I “happened” to see is one of those profound memories forever etched within me… a powerful reminder of what acceptance can be like…