Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snowpocalypse 2014!!! What will you do?


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Snow is so awesome!  I love it!  Always have, always will!  I believe snow should be cause for a national holiday.  Here's hoping.

I am writing from this post from Richmond, VA.  The forecast is calling for snow...lots of it.  This is not a big deal for many parts of the country.  New York, do you hear me?  Michigan, can I get a shout out?  Chicago, am I telling the truth?  

Only in Richmond is this a big deal.  Now, what do I mean by a big deal, you ask?  Quite simply: controlled chaos.  The grocery stores will be packed and the dairy and bread products will be completely sold out. Lines at the gas stations will be very long as if this is the last time to fill-up your tank which is actually pretty ridiculous since most Richmond drivers are inept in the snow! 

What usually ends up happening is schools and businesses close for a day or two and then everything pretty much returns to normal.  Tales of winter wonderland exploration are shared at the water cooler on the next day the office opens.  And all the freak out was for naught.  There was plenty of food, water, and shelter.  It turns out, snowpocalypse (enter year here), is usually underwhelming and over-promising.  

Life can be like that and many people don't know how to handle tough situations.  When you lack coping skills, you tend to do things that hurt you.  How do you deal with situations you can't control?  How do you cope with people, places, and things that don't act as you would like them to act?  Do you stew for days on end?  Do you explode in a rage?  Do you act out in a passive-aggressive manner?  Or do you take care of yourself and buy the proverbial extra loaf of bread and carton of milk to weather the storm, pardon the pun? 

Its best to prepare for life's storms ahead of time.  If you don't know how to navigate relationships with your spouse, significant other, family or friends, maybe now is a good time to learn.  Maybe now is the time to change old thinking habits and actions so you are better equipped to handle the tough times and stay sober. When trials come, patience and strength wax and wane.  Do you have the supplies you need to stay strong, weather the storm, and reappear on the next sunny day sober, happy, and whole?  Or does the next bad weather system that may come your way threaten to end your sobriety and possibly your life?  Drugs and alcohol are serious stuff.  Recovery from them is of utmost importance.  Snow, not so much.  Here's hoping you get a day off and enjoy your sobriety outside in your winter wonderland!

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