I recently read this on resilience at Eric Barker’s blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree.   I immediately identified with the article and wrote just one piece of what linked me so viscerally to it:

“When you stay oblivious or live in denial, things get worse — often in a hurry. When you know you’re in trouble you can act.”

My experience in Katrina was almost made up of compartmentalizing feelings and attaching them to specific tasks.  My wife and I joke, she’s a social worker, that while we were evacuating to higher ground well ahead of the storm, she was worrying about all the people who have no means to evacuate while I was hyper-focused on what to do now that we know water is rising to depths of 10’ on the street in our neighborhood.  I knew we were in trouble and I knew that we had to act immediately in order to recover quickly.  An insurance company might take a long time to pay a claim, but most like they’re going to pay them in the order they were received.  I filed a claim the day after the storm, before the levee breached that would flood our neighborhood the next day.  We were paid our insurance limits for flood and without an in person inspection received a check in the mail in 20 days.


I plan to write a little on my own journey and how they link to this article… stay tuned…


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