10/31/2012 05:50 pm ET Updated Dec 31, 2012

The Slap: Rise Up Better Than Before

Mother Nature has done it again. She slapped us upside the head to knock some sense into us. There is devastation for many. Nothing makes sense for them yet, but for most of us, we've been slapped into awareness.

What is it going to take for us to learn that we as a species are not in charge? Mother Nature is, and we need to step into line and do as she says. She says we need to respect her and change our priorities to do so. She says we better pay attention. She says we should not get too attached to our belongings and how things are because they could not be here tomorrow. She is forcing us to adapt.

She may also be trying to tell us that there is not much time to waste. If we are to experience disruptions more and more, the time in between them become precious and beckons to us to make choices on how it will be spent. Will we live in fear and expect less from ourselves? Or will we pour more of ourselves into the "pot" to stir up some goodness everyone can benefit from?

People really do show their best in situations where we need each other to drop all pretenses and just do what's right. We help each other, we offer our resources, and we are emotionally present to each other. When we do, we have no political party, religion or social class. We are just being human. This is what Mother Nature wants from us, so she whacks us hard so we remember. She is inviting us to grow a notch and keep that growth going after she recedes her waters and calls her storm home.

And then? Do we retreat to our shells and go back to "normal," or do we hear the call? What call? The call to put more love into the air than hate. The call to put more heart than greed and more courage than fear into the ether. The call to try to overcome the very mistakes that make us human.

We are in training. We keep getting thrown back in to more and more advanced tests to our humanity. We won't fail. We'll rise up, and rebuild. We are evolving. Aren't we?

Let me know what you decide.

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