How to Weather Life’s Storms


Have you ever experienced severe weather? We’re pretty far from the North Carolina coast yet we still got hit by Hurricane Matthew last weekend – big time! We lost power for 8 hours and we lost a whole row of huge trees. The picture above was taken from an upstairs window. The trees on the left are no more.

We lost the trees, heavy rains formed a river which ran through our backyard and through the doors of the shed, and our driveway washed out into the street. We did gain some house guests for a couple of days: Our son and daughter-in-law, our 2 year-old grandson, and our 1 ½ week old granddaughter. A tree hit their roof. Everyone is safe and that’s what’s important.

Fortunately, we have a camping stove, lanterns, and coolers so we were set. In business and in life, it pays to be flexible and have a Plan B.


Food for thought

Our yard now looks like Armageddon. As my husband was ranting about the damage and how much it was going to cost to take care of the trees, I was looking at the synchronicity and symbolism of it all.

When the trees came down, it totally opened up the yard. Although the trees looked healthy, when they came down, you could see that many were half-dead. How many of us walk around and pretend we’re fine but we’re really not?

The clearing of the trees reminded me of the unusual effect of an inspirational talk I recently did that included drumming. It seemed like it released a few things, not only in me, but in the audience as well. I wrote about it in this blog post. A big opportunity followed the talk.


I can see clearly now

Sometimes it takes a major change or a scare to help you see more clearly and focus on what’s truly important. You may also decide to make some changes. Here are some questions to ponder:

1. What needs to open up in your life?
2. Is there anything that’s not bearing any fruit?
3. What resources or people are right in front of you?
4. Is it time for a Plan B?

The day after the storm was sunny and cool with beautiful blue skies. The air smelled so fresh and clean! My grandson Sam and I sat under a newly made canopy of trees which I called The Shire, and we blew bubbles. We noticed the overpowering smell of roses. The trees missed our rose bush, which was now in full bloom.

Our church has a disaster response team. They saw my pictures on Facebook and asked if we’d like assistance removing the trees – no charge. Prayers answered.

Moral of the story: You can’t control everything. Sometimes you need to count your blessings and get ready for a new chapter. Find the positives and move forward! If you need any help, you can contact me here.

View More: Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Founder & CEO of Rock the Next Stage, a full-service company for serious young musicians & Christian artists. Dori has fared many storms. She’s experienced 6 layoffs, 13 moves, a difficult childhood, and a freak accident which triggered a rare disease (She’s fine now!). She has something known as “The Resiliency Factor” because she always bounces back. Dori is a best-selling author and an inspiration speaker who uses drumming in an unusual way.