Helped Me Survive a White Out Blizzard
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her fascinating story:
not sure how to begin so I will just begin.....
year I discovered the EarthRain
Meditations newsletter. I have been practicing the meditations
for about four weeks, and I have discovered with each and every
week a lesson that has taught me something that has allowed me to
grow spiritually, feel stronger, more calm and much more aware of
the choices I make in my life on a daily basis.
in the uppermost part of rural North Dakota and Spring is the most
dangerous and unpredictable season we have. We don't know sometimes
from one hour to the next if the weather will bring us rain, sunshine
or a blizzard.
story is about a day that brought us all three.
spent most of my driving life on these roads and my dad taught me
how to be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions, especially
being warned of being caught in white out blizzards,
which come up suddenly and are very dangerous. I always carry my
survival kit, use the odometer as a measure of distance, (when "white
out" conditions occur if you set your odometer to zero at any/or
every landmark, you can judge distance by the mileage driven, because
you lose your sense of direction and time in white out conditions
as you travel 10 to 15 mph compared to 65 and you can't see any
mile markers or other landmarks;this situation generally is what
causes people to panic).
I left from work in the afternoon on this particular Thursday, the
sun was shining and the temperature was a warm 26 degrees. I live
37 miles from work and my plans for the evening were to baby-sit
with my two favorite little friends, Sabrina and Wyatt, while their
parents and grandparents, who were visiting, were going out for
the later evening the clouds started to roll in and it began to
rain, just a soft drizzle really.
I left their home at 11 pm, the weather had turned from rain to
freezing slush/snow, and the wind had picked up to 45 mph. The roads
were iced over under the falling snow. I made a small correction
as I turned around a sharp curve and the wind pushed me across the
lane. I begin to slow down, feeling my Jeep move with every touch
of the wheel.
blizzard conditions traveling south wasn't anything out of the normal,
and I used the skills my dad had taught me and watched the road
carefully. The visibility wasn't good but you could see about 50
feet in front of the car. I drove to town and headed east down the
highway to my home another 18 miles away.
that the storm was much worse heading in this direction, and as
I was slowly moving down the highway I begin to feel the stress
building up inside of me. It was at this point that I remembered
my meditation for the week from EarthRain
Meditations, to keep it simple and to focus on the
smallest of every action
the darkness of the night, with the sound of the sleet hitting my
Jeep and the waves of the blizzard swirling around me, I begin to
think about every action I took.
that I was in control of the vehicle, so I begin to slow down, very
slowly, feeling the grip I had on the steering wheel, sensing the
movement of the machine as we drove through the night, the visibility
getting closer to the front of the car.
every part of the road as I adjusted my headlights from dim to bright
and back again to let my eyes stay focused on seeing whatever little
part of the road could be seen.
to calm, I repeated over and over to keep it simple,
to concentrate on my movements; very, very slowly I crept along,
watching the odometer, finally seeing that I was at my turn off,
in the pitch black darkness with only the snow/sleet reflecting
off my lights and I almost missed the corner.
good that I now only had six more miles to travel.
I made the turn, what had been bad driving became worse! The road
going north put me directly in the face of the strong wind and now
the snow/sleet was falling and compacting on the icy roads. I now
had snow banks to travel through.
I couldnt stop my Jeep and I couldnt see any farther
than the front of my vehicle.
now in a complete white out and the road was totally
invisible to me because the fallen snow covered both the road and
the ditch. My fear of the moment shot back in an instant, and then
I remembered what I was learning.
focus returned to my hands driving the vehicle, focusing on every
single movement that I made.
alone in the darkness I begin to focus on my blessings, being grateful
that I had a full tank of gas, grateful that the temperature was
high enough that I didnt have to worry about freezing, very
grateful for the lessons my Dad had taught me, and most importantly
that I was alone and no one else was in jeopardy.
to realize with ever click of the odometer, that I was losing the
battle with the snow-covered road.
times, I almost hit a rural post office box as I was on the wrong
side of the road. Plowing through the snow drifts I would be pulled
across the road. The blindness of the night brought me down to moving
between 5 to 10 mph, and then I felt the wind really kick up.
across the road and ran into the ditch, wheels down.
still for a minute, thanking God for letting me be safe and not
overturned or stuck across the road, endangering others.
out the vehicle to see where I was, the wind was so strong I could
barely open the door. The sleet/snow pounded against me as I checked
my Jeep to see if there was any damage or any snow compacted at
my exhaust pipe. Everything as far as I could see was okay.
back in and shut off my lights. The darkness was incredible. I couldnt
see the storm anymore in the darkness, but I could hear it, the
wind was howling.
on my flashers, for fear someone trying to use my tire tracks to
navigate the road would drive right into me. I tried my cell phone
but the no service message came on. I had no idea until
then that I had been on the road for over an hour and a half.
still and focused on my meditation, continuing to send thanks to
God that I was okay and I would be okay, everything was all right.
I decided when I looked at the odometer that I was only 2 and 1/2
miles from home, another blessing to be thankful for!
I made the very,very stupid decision at this point to try and walk
home. I am proof that that should never be considered, I walked
for about 3/4 mile, having to turn around about every 15 steps and
do my meditation to stay focused on every step I was trying to take
on the journey home, now trying to walk on the frozen slippery highway
with the sleet/snow pounding against me.
time that I turned around to breathe, I would remember to stay focused,
to stay strong, to stay calm.
I knew I couldnt make it -- the wind and the freezing snow/sleet
was too hard to go against -- so I begin the walk back to my vehicle.
Traveling with the wind and the snow/sleet at my back, I knew I
was making the right choice.
too long, I was safely back in my Jeep, reminding myself how lucky
I was that I hadnt been hurt, fallen down and broken a bone
or been injured.
my cell phone to call my brother and it worked! Another miracle!
I told my brother that I was fine, that he should not put himself
in danger to come and get me, that I had my survival kit, that I
had food and a soft drink, and that I would be okay until morning.
So, please DO NOT attempt to come for me.
talking to my brother, I went out again to check my exhaust pipe
to make sure it was clear, and then I settled into my Jeep. I was
soaking wet at this point from the sleet/snow on my jeans, so I
wrapped the blanket around my legs and settled in, practicing all
of my meditations, being grateful, allowing myself to stay calm,
knowing I was very fortunate and that I would truly be all right,
to be grateful that I was okay and that the people who loved me
knew I was okay.
to breathe deeply, laying my head back on the seat, closing my eyes
and letting myself listen to the sounds of the storm, the wind howling
the sleet/snow hitting against the vehicle, my thoughts working
to let me almost enjoy the experience, counting my blessings,
knowing the treasures I have in friends and family, my sense of
calmness in place, letting my thoughts focus on listening to the
sounds of the storm...
not sure how long it was before I heard a vehicle next to me.
one of my neighbors had seen my flashers and she and her husband
had waited out the worst part of the storm in a nearby town, and
although for some travelers it was still too bad to be out on the
highway, this couple was determined to come and get me and bring
insisted that their bigger pickup allowed them to see further down
the highway where the road lay under the snow.
in with them and they brought me home.
them promise to call me as soon as they got safely home as they
had to return down the same snow covered road beyond my Jeep in
the ditch to get back to their house.
my brother, who said he and his friends were waiting out the storm
to come and get me!
neighbors returned home safely, and I settled into the comfort of
my own warm bed.
that on this dark, snowy/sleet filled night, many miracles came
to me as I used my lessons from EarthRain
Meditations to stay strong and stay calm and keep focused on
the blessings I had.
I still may not have realized ALL the miracles that happened that
night, I know I realized more than I would have a month or so ago,
and I know that not one moment of fear lasted longer than the realization
that I had the lessons given to me, to turn it around and be grateful
and thankful for the way the night was going.
of panic I found calmness and awareness and presence in every minute
that moved through the night.
you, thank you, thank you.
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