Most everyone living in the northeastern U.S. is preparing for Hurricane Irene to arrive in all her fury. The supermarkets are jammed with people stocking up on water, batteries, flashlights, ice, food, and all sorts of other supplies needed in the event of power outages, and floods.
The odd thing is that today was a gorgeous, sunny day showing no signs of the likely destruction and general mayhem to come! Maybe it’s an occupational hazard, but it feels to me like a perfect metaphor for the uncertainty of life inside a committed relationship: At the moment all seems calm, but inevitably there are huge storms coming, and if you’re not prepared, you’re screwed. It you wait till the last minute your resources will be limited at best. If you don’t have a plan for how to brave the storm, you’ll be in reactive “chaos mode”, and won’t fare so well. If you don’t pay attention to the warning signs, you’ll be in dangerous denial, and could be swept away. If you try to go it alone without proper teamwork, you’ll be at risk. So think of nurturing and bolstering your relationship as similar to preparing for the hurricane.
You hope for the best while allowing for the worst, and chances are, there’s sunshine again on the other side.
Hope all goes well,