icy tree 2 apirl 2013

Last Night and Today we had the most awful freezing rain storm ever here in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

YET it was the most spectacular in its beauty. The ice on the trees is a minimum of 1 inch thick on our street.

It was a photographer’s dream.  Oh How I wish I could have had a powerful camera to highlight such beauty. Because of an appointment we were out and about. We decided to go for breakfast and took pictures en route.

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Afterwards we went for a short drive to look at its damage which was quite substantial but not too devastating; thankfully.  Sadly on our return home we had to change our route simply because of the damage; trees and hydro poles strewn everywhere and roads closed. It appeared rather bleak in some areas.  We are thankful it wasn’t more serious.

Isn’t that like our lives sometimes; within the boundaries of adversity and the awful and terrible circumstances there can be found some things that we can be thankful for.

We CAN cope with the unexpected!

  • It’s OK that we experience up’s and down’s; so don’t sweat it too much.
  • It’s OK to learn to be Optimistic; You’ve got through rough times before and you can do it again.
  • It’s OK to stay in the moment and not make long term plans in such an upheaval time.
  • It’s OK to stick to a routine as much as possible.
  • It’s OK to rely on family and friends and look for a professional if you need it.
  • It’s OK; remember you are loved.
  • It’s OK to believe there is a silver lining in every dark cloud.

icy tree april 2013

Again attitude is certainly important. Facing another bump in the road? I love what Warren Wiersbe says, “Bumps are the things we climb on.”

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.   Albert Schweitzer

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.  Zig Ziglar

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Thanks for visiting my bLoG!

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Keep your head up.  Hope you have a safe weekend!

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