22 Blackout Blessings. ~ Katie Geddes Ulanov

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on Nov 11, 2012
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….  That Work in Light or Dark Worlds.

During the recent extreme Hurricane Sandy experience on New York’s unique City Island without lights, heat, phones, cell service, internet access, coffee or the ability to drive off island, these blessings came. I:

Wondered. Exactly what is electricity? And a battery? Must look up when and if Google returns.

Slept. More than seems possible, enabling everything else to feel more manageable, finally achieving near-cat status.

Cuddled. More than seems possible with the softest, most sensuous kitty cat under more blankets than seem possible.

Thanked. The forces that be for protecting the foundations of our homes.

Experienced. A slightly heightened sense of awareness of the beauty in every little thing. Scratches on wood. Hissing sounds of air. Faucet drips.

Shared. Flashlights, radios, batteries and my secret weapon car charger with several friends, new and old, making me appear temporarily marvelous.

Read. A little.

Slowed. Down the pace of life.

Made. Our beds. Sometimes.

Endured. Highly imperfect hairdos. Wrinkled clothes. Cold. Dark. Silence.

Admired. My friend Mark’s prudent inclusion of sex toys on his list of storm supplies.

Fretted. A little.

Appreciated. Jerry, Peaches, Yolanda, Paulie and sweet City Island companions.

Felt. Grateful for: sublime health, supersoft kitties, safe cars, candlelight, shared laughter.

Gained. A new sense of respect and humility towards people who seemed previously annoying at times, e.g. ConEd workers and Mayor Bloomberg who worked so hard with so much natural energy to power our universe.

Stunned. Myself by being relatively prepared with supplies, food, emergency cash, flashlights, batteries, radios, patience.

Broke. Bread—bruschetta pizza actually, dripping with fresh oil—spontaneously with City Island friends in a joyous impromptu laugh-a-thon meal.

 Hoped. Our clean underwear would go the distance.

Enjoyed. The first night of dancing tree shadows and wind.

Learned. That time isn’t quite the phenomenon you often think it is. You have more than you sometimes feel. You have more peace than you sometimes feel. This moment is free.

Loved. Everyone who shared our experience. Everyone who lost something during this storm.

Accepted. Our strange, fragile and wonderful existence over which we have limited control and the opportunity to choose our reactions every day.


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14 Responses to “22 Blackout Blessings. ~ Katie Geddes Ulanov”

  1. Debra Jason says:

    What beautiful lessons to come out of that experience. I have found that in times like that, people do rally and show their softer, compassionate sides.
    Thanks for sharing them @Katie.

  2. katie says:

    Thank you Debra. So glad you enjoyed it. It was an enriching experience I am grateful for, despite and because of the difficulties.

  3. Kama says:

    Beautifully written Katie. Sounds like you had quite an experience. Thank you for sharing.

  4. RAAckerman @ The Adjuvancy, LLC says:

    For the first time, our power (sic) company didn't deliver us to darkness. My neighbors all thanked me- they are positive it was related to the fact that I finally bought a generator. Since, in the 23 years of living on this block, we have lost power more than 104 times- for an average of 5 days (that's 120 h, and only because six of them were only for 8 hours). The first five or six hours are fine- you are all chummy with your neighbors, seeking out the panels of light that exist elsewhere. But, by day two, when the food in your fridge is now as useful as compost, it begins to be less of an adventure.
    May all those afflicted by the stupidity of the power companies- and the failure of the regulators to make them be more prepared, our thoughts are with you…

  5. katie says:

    Appreciated Kama.

  6. katie says:

    Roy, you are right about how the experience starts to change dramatically after the first day or so. Very cool that you have a good generator.

  7. Amy Putkonen says:

    Fabulous. I actually printed this post and am hanging it up on my wall in MN to remind us all of how precious things are just as they are right now.

  8. katie says:

    Amy, that is such an honor and a thrill. Much love, Katie

  9. @coachandrea says:

    Sounds like you found the opportunity to gain from power loss, Katie. Such an invaluable perspective! Now, about those sex toys……

  10. katie says:

    lol Andrea. natural power.

  11. Lovely post Katie!
    What a great reminder of appreciation from someone who had the threat of losing lots.

    A reminder to all to appreciate what we have, even when we don't have similar threats as you did, and also to treat minor irritations as just that!

    Glad it wasn't a whole lot worse!

  12. katie says:

    Super nice appreciation, Gordino. Grateful and yes. Good to get knocked into perspective at times.

  13. visitaci says:

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  14. katie says:

    thanks for your comment. much appreciated and noted that you'd enjoy longer posts too. will share more soon.