Shaken to the Core

Shaken to the Core

Well, we can’t have some kind of seismic event without a flurry of articles and observations about it, so here I am, with my own on the shaking of the very foundation on which we live. 

Now, of course, I could be talking about the relatively large earthquake that was centered about 70 miles away from my little town.  After all, a 5.8 is capable of a great deal of damage and was certainly something we felt, and heard, at the time.

I am discussing that, but my real thought is this ~ we consider that we stand on a solid foundation.  After all, we live in a stable land, and though there is some economic upheaval we haven’t had foreign troops here for centuries and attacks are  rare.  So, we feel as if we’re on solid ground in a lot of ways.

So, when that solid ground shakes and your house makes noises as if you’ll soon see the Wicked Witch of the East cycling by, you stop and take notice.  Well, let’s face it, you try to make sense of it, anyway.  The earth doesn’t move enough for us to sense it very often so I find that I don’t believe it when it does happen, at least until there is enough hard evidence to convince me.

This despite the fact that I grew up in Southern California and have been in many earthquakes.  And it turns out that earthquakes out west seem to be more disruptive because the fault lines and the ground temperatures are different out there than they are here.  Here in the east the shock effect seems to go wider and less deep than it does out there.

Yet for all that, it was a major turning point. Now, we did have a rather hilarious reaction here in the sheltered, at least from earthquakes, eastern seaboard.  Radio shows immediately noted that we were in one of those “where were you when it hit” situations, though it was at best a faint echo of the last one of those for the US, and a bit of a ridiculous contrast to the massive devastation wrought by the earthquake/tsunami just 5 months ago in Japan.

But it was a turning point, nonetheless, for it made us realize, if only for the time the adrenaline ran through us, that we have grown accustomed to a stable foundation, and that we build on that foundation every day.  For when that stable foundation appears to have cracks, we take immediate notice and feel obliged to change our routine, and perhaps our perspective, for a brief instant.

So, we called and texted and tweeted and got on Facebook to let everyone know that we were ok and then to make the obligatory jokes.  And then we stood outside and talked to each other about where we were, or waved at each other as we trying to get somewhere with the entire Federal workforce released at the same time.

And then, perhaps, we thought, heck, maybe this isn’t always guaranteed and the ground could swallow us up or there could be a massive hurricane or the waves could sweep away entire towns.  For an instant perhaps, we thought that we should do all those things we’ve been thinking we could do when we had time.  We all know that time is fleeting but we do enjoy our routines, even when those routines are not really tremendously satisfying.  So perhaps we then decide to make the necessary changes.

We’d believe that we had been changed because of some kind of massive event outside of us. And yet, we’d know that we can never change from the outside in, we have to change from the inside out

But haven’t people changed after cataclysmic events?  Of course.  And they used the impetus gained from that event to make the decision and acted on it.  But the real decision was, and always is, internal and personal.

So, is it perhaps time to live as we ought to?  To keep those promises to ourselves, to stretch our boundaries, to make our  dreams our living reality?  Well, for me, it is high time and now that I’ve had my core shaken I can start to live from it again.

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Prince of Phun One hardly knows where to start...One’s history is a matter of public record and the historians will do with it what they will...and yet, one finds it necessary to correct the coarser parts and provide minor corrections...My royal birth was obscured from me for ages and I grew up, as did many of you, believing that royal blood flowed not in my veins. Through the trials of education, university and into the legions with cousin Henry, namesake of the stirring we few..we band of brothers fame, I was tested by the tantalizing allure of fame, success, wealth and a sense of purpose. And as noblesse oblige, one must take the path that is his to walk...And so I find myself in the Court of Comedy, bantering with the Baron of Bellylaughs, the Duke of Double Entendre and the Viscount D’Mirth as we live up to our royal heritage and give you our perspective on living up to the name handed down by your forebears.

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    Louise Sorensen Aug 25 2011 - 3:06 pm Reply

    Most people never go through a serious earthquake, flood, icestorm, fire or carcrash. But sometimes life goes that little bit farther to remind us that yes, we are mortal. We won’t be here forever. Regardless of what comes next, we need to fulfill a few dreams, take a few chances, live each day as though it may be our last. A lot of familiar sayings go by us every day; wisdom passed down by people who have survived the worst, and wanted to send a message for those who would listen.

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      admin Sep 23 2011 - 3:30 pm Reply

      As ever you provide cogent and worthwhile remarks, Louise…Thanks for that and join us as we hit a 30 day crescendo full of insights, changes, excitement and writing…

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    Lisa Aug 26 2011 - 7:47 pm Reply

    Great post… your message was well written and thanks for the reminder.
    Take care,

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      admin Sep 23 2011 - 3:26 pm Reply

      Sorry for such a delay Lisa..thanks for your remarks and your fanastic blog posts…You’re a great example to emulate…

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    Amberr Meadows Sep 17 2011 - 5:43 pm Reply

    I think more people should be “shaken to a core” a bit. It’s very difficult to see things from a wiser perspective if you’ve never had challenges or obstacles. Way to go with your resolve to get shaken up a bit. It will make you an even better man than you are already. Love your posts! ox

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      admin Sep 23 2011 - 3:22 pm Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Amberr…Can’t claim any particular knowledge or wisdom, but the obstacles have done some
      crystallizing of my thinking anyway…Thanks for compliments and join us in the challenge!…

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