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A blog by Louise Gallagher

What a difference a day makes.

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What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday, I awoke after a restless sleep, my head heavy and foggy, my nose dripping, my cough annoying. “Oh no!” I thought. “My cold has gone in the wrong direction. Instead of weakening, it’s decided to kick-start a new phase.”

Turns out, it wasn’t my cold getting worse, it was an allergic reaction to the new bug repellent I just bought.

Go figure. It was really good at keeping the flying, biting, annoying bugs that fly about looking for tasty morsels of flesh to bite into away, but was causing a whole new buggy reaction in my body.

Much better this morning.

What a difference a day makes.

And it is true. A day can make an enormous difference.

Look at what happened here in Calgary. Four weeks ago yesterday, rains fell in torrents, rivers swelled and flood waters ravaged our city.

One month later, the sun shines, people are rebuilding, and life continues on.

But not without consequence.

My daughter, who was evacuated on the first day of the flooding, continues to live at home. The latest update on her move back date puts her at another 3 weeks displaced. She was lucky. She lives on the fourth floor of her building. The entire first floor was flooded and those residents lost most of their belongings and won’t be able to move back in for several more months. There are many homes and condos in the same condition. Months away from moving back in, they have had to find other living accommodations. The already tight vacancy rate in Calgary is now practically non-existent. One of my co-workers, whose apartment was flooded and then deemed uninhabitable due to asbestos in the walls, is 145th on a waiting list for one apartment he was looking at.

Others face even more dire circumstances. They lost not only most of their possessions, they lost their homes. The damage too great to restore, they must rebuild from the ground up. Businesses remain closed with many facing huge financial losses and a precarious, or unlikely future.

Yet, in the grand scheme of the aftermath of such a disaster, we have fared well. Compared to other places in the world where hundreds if not thousands of lives are lost in flooding, Calgary had one death with Southern Alberta having an additional three due to flooding. We did not have mass graves and funerals. We are grieving the loss of ‘things’, but not the loss of people. We were not forced to boil our water even. Our water works people spent hours in the water of the treatment plant, manually keeping logs and debris out of the system.

This is an amazing city I live in. It’s people are resilient, cooperative and compassionate. And, we bounce back.

Just like me this morning.

Yesterday, I awoke and thought my head weighed more than my body. Today, I’m feeling fine. Still some dregs of my cold linger but they are just minor annoyances that remind me to take care of me.

For those still impacted by the floods, they still face an uphill road to recovery. But the worst has passed. The journey is getting less arduous. The recovery less onerous. As they rebuild and reclaim much of what was lost, it’s important to remember, this too shall pass.

Tomorrow is another day. And what a difference a day makes.

Namaste.

 

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Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

15 thoughts on “What a difference a day makes.

  1. I read this thinking I needed to just by viewing the Title! It helped put all my woes into perspective! Thank you! It may not always be as easy as realizing we must change our bug spray! Smile! Glad that is all it was! But… it did remind me of my earthquake and that it all could be much worse. Sometimes not sure how… but then I remember and glad I read this!
    Maybe this be the day with the difference for us both! πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks Diane — I think we can choose our experiences of what is happening around us — so…. my choice today is to accept that I have choice — and I choose to be grateful for what I have and see the value in all things.

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  2. Glad you figured out you are allergic to the bugspray! It’s so true Louise, a day can make a world of difference. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Looking forward to that difference in this new day. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. Glad you and Calgary are on the mend!

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  5. We hear news and feel a moment of compassion, then so often go back to thinking about our own lives. It is only when we know and care about people who are affected by disaster that it continues to be real to us. We have recently gone through the disaster of fire in the hills south of our town. The families who lost their homes stay in our thoughts, as we see them struggling to get back on their feet. It is good to be part of a community. It is also good to have friends who keep the news of those outside our community alive. Thanks for bringing us the word about Calgary!

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    • Thanks Susan. Last night I had dinner with friends who held a healing circle in one of the neighbourhoods. What was interesting they said is that the disaster brought people together into ‘community’ — the thing they all said they wanted. But… as we move further from the events themselves, as homes begin to be restored, people retreat back into their spaces and let go of the very community they said they wanted — I wonder what we can do to hold that space open longer?

      I’m sorry to hear about your community — my thoughts and prayers are with you and your neighbours. Hugs

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  6. One day at a time at a time after a disaster is the very best approach both physically and emotionally.
    I am glad that you personally are improving.

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  7. I have to wonder, now that it seems global climate change is here to stay, if over time it will change the way many of us live, intent on accumulating “things,” which are all too likely to be destroyed by flood, fire, and storm. Thirty years from now, will we care more about loved ones and less about flat screen TV’s?

    Glad to hear that Calgary is getting back on her feet, and that few lives were lost, even if many have been dispossessed. And that you’re saying ixnay to the bug spray that was making you ill.

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