We embrace disruptors who shift our perspective and practices such as Uber, Dropbox, Etsy, and AngelList. Disruptors who move us beyond the norm of "this is how we've always done it."
So how do we embrace the disruption of devastation? How do we rebuild mentally, physically, and spiritually? Not the same, better?
I drafted this blog October 8th, and at 3 AM the morning of October 9th my husband and I were evacuated from our Santa Rosa, California home due to the massive, catastrophic California wildfires. For those of us directly impacted by anyone of the recent catastrophes – moving forward is the only direction. It is slow and challenging. Many cannot move forward without support. Support from each other and support from strangers caring enough to put others before self.
Caring comes in all shapes and sizes. Donations of goods, funds, time, skills and energy are needed and graciously received. The most powerful gift is to keep their stories alive. Stories not of pain and hardship but resilience and growth of the human spirit.
My life story is woven into the fabric of the Virgin Islands, Tortola, my island home, and the British and U.S. sister islands. It is their stories I have been sharing and will continue to tell. Their stories will now be joined by the stories of those of us impacted by the California wildfires, waiting in uncertainty for news on our homes, our businesses and our next steps forward. I will continue to donate my coaching to support my clients and those on the front lines of relief and recovery in the Virgin Islands and creatively seek to develop a broader client base that can assist my husband and I as we work to restructure our lives. Not the same – better.
I encourage everyone to share your stories of hope and resilience and the stories you hear, so that we may all be inspired to expand our human potential.
Photo Credit: Thank you to Kemuel Gumbs' photography and the grace and resilience of Tortola, BVI, dancer Sarah E. Smith as she dances in the ruins of the BVI Dance School post Hurricane Irma.