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Queen of Your Own Life

Essentials | Naming and Claiming Our Royalty

by Cindy Ratzlaff

The big Nor’ Easter that blew through this past weekend plunged me and millions into the dark and cold.  Four days of no heat, hot water, electricity, phone and internet was hard but what really surprised me was how my body reacted to the stress.  My shoulders, my back, my stomach all ache, still, from girding myself against the cold, worrying about things I couldn’t change and feeling overwhelmed at not being able to work as usual.

The ability to take a hot shower, check on friends, charge your phone, read a book before bed, cook a hot meal–all those things no longer seem like simple pleasures to me.  They seem like essentials.

The gift of hard moments is this.  I have a renewed appreciation of the essentials in life.  I stocked up on batteries.  I dug our old Coleman lantern out of the attic.  I can now access the sleeping bags, candles and flashlights in a heartbeat…in the dark.  I ordered more firewood.  And, I bought a cheap, old fashion phone that plugs right into the wall because those handheld models need electricity and don’t work in an emergency.

But most of all, I know that my family and friends, who rallied around each other, sharing potluck meals cooked on grills and a chuckle, are the most essential “things” in my life.  That’s been a wonderful reminder.

I also made a list of things to keep on hand including:

  • batteries
  • medications
  • a little cash (cash machines are electric)
  • flashlights and fresh batteries
  • full tank of gas

What’s essential in your life? If some emergency came up, do you have a list?

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