Can you see the beauty in the storm that lit up DC after the recent Supreme Court Opinion on healthcare policy?
Two trees in Old Town, Alexandria experienced Friday night’s swift and mighty storm: One still stands strong while the other was uprooted.
No doubt, water saturated the ground beneath it, loosening its grip, and it may have also been struck by lightening. However, the other tree was on the same ground, so take a closer look:
You can see that the integrity was compromised, as there aren’t really many roots, and they were not deeply embedded: too external and too far above the ground.
The day before this storm hit the DC Metro region, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion about an issue that strikes the hearts of most Americans on both sides of the aisle. Major conflicts around our nation’s health and heath care policies were highlighted and ripped open. Immediate reactions from many perspectives were voiced and separatism was magnified.
Shortly after, the shocking storm hit, trees and their branches went flying, lightning struck and the DC Metro was a little ripped open. Mass power outages and safety concerns forced us to turn our attention back to each other for help and also inward to creatively search for solutions to our problems.
Some had no real disruptions and were able to help others who needed some AC and power outlets to charge phones. Some activities were adapted: For example, some didn’t drive or buy gas, which helped to ensure there was enough for those who really needed to drive and also fewer cars to get caught in the detour maze from streets shutdown by the fallen trees. Even if your reason for not driving was just to avoid the mess, the positive affect on others was the same, so send some gratitude to yourself for listening to your inner-wisdom.
The storm also caused a heightened sense of awareness and gratitude for everything on which we depend (including: mobile phones, AC, light, grocery stores, etc.). As humans, we have created numerous, amazing inventions, and it’s interesting that electric power is a major underlying force that gives life to all of our inventions and makes our lives so easy. Yet, we forget this as we go about our day.
We also forget the times humans existed without the inventions and, more importantly, that we actually created them by harnessing our inner-intuitive and creative powers through thought and by connecting to the same force that brought the electricity. Like the fallen tree, there are times when we all get too far removed from our original core.
The storm and its effects remind us of the generating, organizing and distributing power that exists beyond us and within us. Even when our inventions malfunctioned in the wake of the storm, we harnessed the ability to recreate our lives again.
How many reminders do we need for us to remember we have this power?
1) If we hang on to negative illusions, we continue to create more evidence of their “truth” and become uprooted.
2) If we let our roots go a little further into the ground and create from our true, core belief, which is that we have the power to create positively too, then we will create more and more evidence of this.
Which tree do you want to be? It’s a choice. Do you want to be an AmeriCAN or an AmericaCAN’T?
*Laura Palmer obtained her Law Degree and Public Policy master’s from the University of Chicago and is also a certified hypnotherapist. After practicing labor and employment law for several years, which includes a brief stint as political appointee, she now loves to help individuals and leaders of all spectrums expand in the face of conflict by wearing all of her hats, including with hypnosis, as an individual and organizational behavior consultant with Bridgenosis® LLC in the Washington, D.C. Metro. She is eager to engage in an open conversation with Americans, so please post your comments or Facebook page or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.