Just last week the stores all over Florida were packed with people stocking up their cupboards in response to a hurricane warning.
Food, water, loo roll… all the essentials you might need.
More than a million people have been evacuated and the rest have battened down the hatches in preparation for the storm.
As I write this, Hurricane Dorian, the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, has already hit The Bahamas leaving massive devastation in its path. It’s now set to move up the East Coast of Florida.
It’s awful. Houses are destroyed, roads are flooded and lives are lost.
But hurricane season isn’t a new thing. It happens every year.
So people prepare.
Some of the people will have had an evacuation plan in place, somewhere to go or people they can stay with away from the storm.
Others have no choice but to stay where they are and do they best they can to protect their homes.
They board up the windows and stock up on food, water, torches, medical kits…
But there are no guarantees when you’re up against Mother Nature, and even good preparation won’t necessarily keep you safe.
I was already planning to write about hurricane season before this one hit. It’s always a relevant topic for us in the freight industry. I was going to put a business spin on it and ask you if “you’re prepared for the storms in your business?” but as I followed Hurricane Dorian online, and saw the pure power and devastation in its wake, I knew that just wasn’t right.
This hurricane is a big deal. It’s not something to make light of.
So there’s no big business lesson for you this week, but instead just a reminder to be thankful. I think in some parts of the world, like the UK, we forget just how fortunate we are. We don’t have to even think about hurricanes, tornados or tsunamis.
But what do we do? We whinge about the heat wave, the rain or the cold winter’s mornings. In fact the British are known world-wide for complaining about the weather!
We become complacent and forget to be grateful for the things we do have.
So today I’m thankful. I don’t have it all. My life’s not perfect. But I can go to bed knowing that my family are safe, my home is secure and I’m grateful for that. It’s a privilege I think I’ll be sure to appreciate a little more often.