Growing up in the midwest, we encountered tornados. According to the worldatlas.com, a tornado is an air column totaling at immense speeds that is in contact with the earth's surface and a cumulonimbus cloud. Dictionary.com explained that it is a a localized, violently destructive windstorm occurring over land.
My memory of storms are the violent tornadoes that swept through the South Side of Chicago turning over cars, and flooding homes. Two of the worst storms to hit Chicago's South Side, according to an online article on Chicago CBS, was on:
March 4, 1961: A rare tornado hits Chicago. And EF-2 ripped through the South Side—starting at 91st and Western and traveling to 68th Street and Lake Michigan. One person was killed, 115 hurt. The storm caused $7 million in damage.
April 21, 1967: A violent EF-4 tornado formed in Palos Hills in Cook County and traveled through Oak Lawn and the South Side of Chicago. A total of 33 people died, and 500 people were injured by this 200 yard wide tornado that traveled 16 miles and caused over $50 million in damage.
I was kid when the last one hit. I'll never forget looking in our basement to see our washer and dryer floating in several feet of water. We were confined to the house while workmen cleared fallen power lines and uprooted trees.
Like that storm, the coronavirus shocked us all. One day, I'm sitting in the hair salon watching the hairdresser show us a video of a Chinese market with reports of this virus that was on the rise. Fast forward to two weeks ago searching for toilet paper, hand-sanitizer, and now food.
Who would know that when J Lin Dawson shared about surviving the storms of life during his keynote for Cisco, we would be faced with the biggest storm of our lives, the coronavirus. He described life storms like this:
1) Embracing Your Storm and Not Being Taken by Surprise if the Storm Came Without Warning
2) Shut up Windows and Doors
3) Prepare for the Long Haul
4) Expect Collateral Damage
5) Your Success Can't Always Shied You from a Storm
6) Your Integrity will insulate your for the duration of the Storm
7) Storms at Their Worst Won't Last
8) The Larger the Storm the Greater the Impact
9) Storms Reveal Character & Weakness
People around the world have done all they can do to take cover, distance themselves, pray, and hope for a cure, recovery, and restoration while grieving for those who lost life.
Today, I'm focusing on integrity to do something outside of myself for someone. Today it was my daughter calling an elderly family member who lives alone. She sounded scared. The other phone call was to a relative we hadn't spoken to in a long time. They were happy to hear our voices and asked to stay in touch.
So let's reveal who we are, who we can be during this storm. It will pass.