The other day, we were pretty much all in the same boat (or certainly could have used a boat) as the City of Toronto got pulverized by a rainstorm the likes of which I have never seen in the 47 years I have been on this earth.
Local news stations say that the last time we had as much rain fall in one day was in October of 1954 (or thereabouts) but we blew that record “out of the water”…so to speak.
There was no mass hysteria, no loitering, no news stories showing people on their hands and knees weeping over the damage of their homes, basements, stuff. Fortunately, no one died..but a lot of inconvenience and frustration as the city worked through the problem.
No one was unaffected in some way from the day that Mother Nature pissed all over us. You were either stuck in it or knew of someone who was.
Even this $100,000+ Ferrari wasn’t fast enough or water-tight enough to withstand the effects of this rainstorm.
This car is now trashed. Its useless. I have heard that many of the cars that were waterlogged by the rainstorm are now undriveable and will probably be headed to the scrap yard.
Many basements in houses of all kinds were filled with water. It didn’t matter how old, new, small or large the house was…the water was able to find its way in.
Some guy online posted that his basement was under 8 inches of water but he was glad because most of what was under water were old toys that his kids never played with and this gave him the opportunity to “clean house”.
It’s all just stuff, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter the kind of car we drive, how many toys we give our kids or how large a house we aspire to own, ultimately…its all just stuff….its all just worthless pieces of materials assembled in a way that it attracts our eye and compels us to want it…to covet it.
Some people who drive Ferrari’s might feel more entitled than the guy who drives the Honda….because they can afford to drive a high-performance sports car. A lot of good all those italian horses did under the hood of the car that got swamped in the picture above?
Mother Nature doesn’t care about the price tag of your vehicle.
I have been thinking a lot about this sort of stuff over the past few weeks. It all started with the disastrous flooding in Calgary, followed by the horrible train-wreck in Quebec, the whacky and devastating landing in San Francisco and now the rain storm in Toronto.
Lives can be blown apart by horrible things but can be glued back together by the love and compassion of others.
Horrible things can happen to anyone…fate isn’t determined by how much is in your bank account, how expensive a car you drive, how powerful a job you have. Anyone with these kinds of things are just as susceptible to bad things happening to them as anyone else.
I discovered a documentary called Money & Life that is available for anyone to watch for free online. It talks about how the world-wide economic crisis should be looked at as a tremendous opportunity to affect change. It talks about a paradigm shift the likes we have ever seen.
Its an amazing movie and should be watched by all. It might even bring into focus the big question that I have been thinking long and hard about for a while now…”Why Are We Doing This To Ourselves?” Why do we bust our asses, make ourselves sick and work, work, work….when all we get in return is a bigger paycheque allowing us to buy shit we don’t need or to buy shit for our children that they don’t need? (Sorry for all the swearing, Mom!!)
All of these events and pieces of information I have been exposed to have really been making me think long and hard about the bigger picture…the importance of relationships, the importance of love and the importance of making a meaningful, positive and unselfish contribution.
Don’t have all the answers yet…but I am working on it.