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“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…” Nicholas Sparks

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

Thank you everyone for your well wishes and kind comments… My heart goes out to all who have lost so much; lives, homes, memories… I am deeply touched and saddened by the devastation that Mother Nature has wrought… but we shall all recover. Today, I ventured outside after being cut off for two days, and what I saw on the news and on the internet made me weep. We don’t have power, cell or internet access (pales in comparison to many). We have toppled trees and branches everywhere and the possibility that power won’t return for a while; so I stopped by my local Barnes & Noble to write this quick post. When feasible, I will stop by and thank all of you who left messages and comments. A big thank you to all who have helped the many; govt, 1st responders, news outlets, red cross, kind folk… Blessings to all.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Rumi

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

When the sky darkened around me and the winds screamed angrily, I realized how petty the things that usually bother me had become. When we are under the peril of a thunderstorm that is wrecking havoc all around us… how can we not call on that which is mightier than us? Stay safe and blessings to all. I love you!

The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.” Robert James Waller

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

I will follow up tomorrow as they are telling us to wrap it up… Stay safe all and prayers and blessings to all who are hurting… Thank you again to all who have shown compassion and caring…

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: Stand still when fear grips you and turn within… there are divine guardians reaching out to you.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Wikipedia,, Flickr or mine…Sandy’s storm, East River at 11am today via D. Shankman, via Wikipedia, Family watching the waves via, via Flickr, or via my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

131 Comments leave one →
  1. 31/10/2012 7:16 pm

    Praying that the land heals and hands hold stronger than ever. Blessings.

    • 14/11/2012 2:16 pm

      Amen! It has been an epic tragedy…. may all find solace and recover.

  2. 31/10/2012 7:18 pm

    So glad to know that you’re safe, Elizabeth. The news I’ve been watching on CNN, is absolutely harrowing and heartbreaking. Thankfully my family in NJ are fine, and a kind friend has loaned them a small generator which will keep the fridge and furnace going until power is restored. It’s wonderful to see how people are pulling together through the tragedy. The strength of the human spirit is greater than we can ever imagine, and shows itself at its best during such times as this. Hugs to you.

    • 14/11/2012 2:18 pm

      Glad to hear your family is safe It has lived up to the expected outcomes and my heart hurts for the many that lost so much. TY!

  3. 31/10/2012 7:20 pm

    Oh dear, Eliz, I had no idea you were and are in the midst of the storm. The devastation I saw on television sent shivers up my spine. My prayers go up for you and your family.
    Your Canadian friend and neighbor.

    • 14/11/2012 2:19 pm

      TY Tracy! We were spared the full blast of horror but lost power for almost a week… Sad for all who lost so much.

  4. 31/10/2012 7:22 pm

    I feel so helpless. I’ve been peeled to the television, switching from WPIX to WWOR — the only NYC stations I can get here — and feeling more and more powerless. NYC looks like it was almost swallowed up by the storm. Glad to know you’re okay, Elizabeth. Almost everyone I know’s without power – well, except for those in Harlem.

    New York City will recover, I know it will. Please stay strong, Elizabeth!

    • 14/11/2012 2:20 pm

      We are doing okay and the recovery continues for many families who have nothing left.

  5. 31/10/2012 7:45 pm

    Great quotes

  6. 31/10/2012 7:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Raw Life Wizard … – One man's journey of natural healing, spirituality, and raw food juicing. and commented:
    An quick article on the aftermath of HURRICANE SANDY (AKA: The Halloween Hurricane)

    • 14/11/2012 2:21 pm

      TY for the re-blog and additional comment. It has been an eye opening experience for sure.

  7. 31/10/2012 7:57 pm

    Just didn’t seem right to hit “like” — continue to be safe, and know thatso many positive thoughts are flowing your way. ~ Kat

    • 14/11/2012 2:22 pm

      TY and the prayers and kind thoughts were felt… TY!

  8. 31/10/2012 8:00 pm

    Dear Elizabeth,
    I didn’t know that you were in the middle of it all, and I am so glad that you have weathered the storm. Still sending thoughts and wishes back there for everyone–I know there is much yet to do, but at least you are safe. Best wishes, Naomi

    • 14/11/2012 2:23 pm

      TY Naomi! It was harrowing but we made it… My prayers go to those who suffered greater loss.

  9. 31/10/2012 8:08 pm

    Big hug to you and your family. I hope power is restored soon for your area. I am very saddened by the devastation that happened to many in the Hurricane’s path. I have been hearing ambulance traffic all day here on the Upper 70s.

    • 14/11/2012 2:24 pm

      I have been saddened by it all too… Glad you are fine too. TY for the hugs and prayers… we needed them.

  10. 31/10/2012 8:18 pm

    Power has just been restored to us too. I experienced this storm in the Long Beach Island, NJ area. Thank you for the post on this experience that we had.

    • 14/11/2012 2:26 pm

      TY for sharing your experience too… Glad you are doing well.

  11. 31/10/2012 10:12 pm

    I can’t imagine how scary it must have been for you these past few days. The pictures you included in your post are dramatic and telling. Continue being safe. Positive thoughts being sent your way.

    • 14/11/2012 2:27 pm

      Ty Miriam! It was pretty scary and the power loss was hard… Glad to be fine… sad for many.

  12. 31/10/2012 10:21 pm

    Good to hear you’re safe and well Elizabeth. Look forward to your next message from the front. 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 2:28 pm

      Thank you dear one… It has taken a while to feel the shift… TY!

      • 15/11/2012 10:00 pm

        From what I see there’re a lot of people whose lives will be upside down for a long time – unreal.

  13. 31/10/2012 10:31 pm

    Very intense! The taxi picture is incredible. Glad you’re alright!

    • 14/11/2012 2:29 pm

      The pictures I saw on the internet were incredible… I wanted to take some but it was so disturbing… TY

      • 14/11/2012 11:47 pm

        And then the snow afterwards. Poor NYC 🙁

      • 14/11/2012 11:59 pm

        That didn’t help much either… 🙁 TY!

  14. 31/10/2012 10:57 pm

    The aftermath of Sandy is all over the news. So good to know that you are safe, Elizabeth! God bless you always ❤

    • 14/11/2012 2:30 pm

      God bless you too Irene! It’s been a while… and I will stop by soon. TY!

  15. 31/10/2012 11:03 pm

    I’m glad you are safe, Elizabeth. It is amazing to me how you managed to get out and blog while all this is going on. Your pictures are very moving. God bless you. 🙂

    • 14/11/2012 2:32 pm

      I wrote this one at the local place mentioned above, and it took me a couple of days to get out… We do the best we can. TY for your feedback!

      • 17/11/2012 6:28 pm

        It is amazing how long it takes to get our pieces out. I have not had any time to write while I’ve been in Seattle at a conference,. I can barely scrape up enough time to reply to comments! YIKEs!! Thanks for yours!!! 🙂

      • 17/11/2012 6:44 pm

        Hope things lighten up for you soon. I can relate and it hasn’t been easy with the catch-ups. We do the best we can… 😉

      • 20/11/2012 12:13 am

        I was away from home at a conference for five days, and having internet trouble for about 5 days before that. I just got home, and I could hardly way to get back and write to everyone! I’m feeling great to be back!!!!! 🙂

  16. 31/10/2012 11:53 pm

    Such devastation, just dreadful.

  17. 01/11/2012 1:54 am

    So glad you are safe.

    It is just awe-inspiring, the way nature rules the world.

    • 14/11/2012 2:33 pm

      Nature is not to be messed with… She indeed the Supreme Mother. TY!

  18. 01/11/2012 3:13 am

    Glad you’re safe & sound dear Beth….may you be blessed

    Peace & Light

  19. 01/11/2012 3:33 am

    Such devastation. I am glad you are okay.

    • 14/11/2012 2:35 pm

      TY Julie… the road to recovery will be long for many…

  20. 01/11/2012 3:54 am

    I read the news. Please take care and I’m happy that you are safe.

  21. 01/11/2012 4:11 am

    Wonderful post.

  22. 01/11/2012 4:43 am

    Dear Elizabeth, thank you for this post. I am glad to hear you are safe. Take care and keep us posted. Hugs, Sharon

    • 14/11/2012 2:37 pm

      TY for your kind message… all will be well!

  23. 01/11/2012 4:55 am

    I’m praying for the past recovery of your place and its people..=)

  24. 01/11/2012 6:00 am

    I’m really glad you are Ok. I didn’t even know you where in New York. What a terrible experience and more for some people. My heart goes out to them and you. I hope your life returns to normal soon, and that you can get the warmth and food we all need in this weather

    • 14/11/2012 2:39 pm

      Yes, I’m here and parts of my area bore some of the brunt of this hurricane… TY for the kind words.

  25. 01/11/2012 6:47 am

    So many emotions filtered through my mind, exhausting me. My family and I were more fortunate than most. Our home shook and trees bent. A leak here and there, but I feel like I had an angel on my shoulder ( maybe both shoulders! ) We were informed that we probably lost our house in Brigantine, NJ but two days later we heard much better news. No power, missing siding, fence that needs mending, garage that we can swim in, but our previous little bungalow by the bay survived! Yes, Virginia. There is a God. 🙂
    Well wishes to all. Happy for you, Elizabeth.

    • 14/11/2012 2:41 pm

      Glad to know you were fine too… God is good all the time. Sad for the losses… TY for thinking of me.

  26. 01/11/2012 7:21 am

    Thank you for sharing Elizabeth.
    Praying for a smooth and quick recovery.

    • 14/11/2012 2:42 pm

      TY for your kind thoughts… I really appreciate them!

  27. 01/11/2012 7:24 am

    Glad to know that you’re safe Eliz! We ve been following the news here too – devastating and yet, humbling- the power of nature.

    • 14/11/2012 2:43 pm

      TY and nature showed her power in such a destructive way… My prayers go out to all who are still hurting.

  28. 01/11/2012 7:42 am

    Relieved to see you are safe. It was hard to watch Sandy destroy everything in her path.

    It will take some time for the Eastern Seaboard to recover. Your officials seem pretty determined and focused. I can only hope that people will not expect everything to go back to normal in a very short time. The devastation is pretty severe in some places. This will take time. Just like the economy. But we will get there.

    • 14/11/2012 2:44 pm

      They are doing the best they can to get the power on and the recovery process moving… TY for your kind feedback! 🙂

  29. 01/11/2012 7:58 am

    I’m so glad that you are safe! Thank You for checking in, great photos and post. The rumi quote gave me chills. The other quotes were really good too. Stay Safe. Sending you a bug Hug! :+)

  30. 01/11/2012 8:45 am

    Still rooting for you all!

  31. 01/11/2012 9:18 am

    That is devasting and heartbreaking… Pray for fast recovering. Take care, Eliz.

    • 14/11/2012 2:49 pm

      TY and my prayers go out to all still in recovery mode…

  32. 01/11/2012 10:39 am

    My Prayers.

  33. 01/11/2012 12:50 pm

    OMW this is hectic…Hope you are safe and wrapped up warm!!

  34. 01/11/2012 12:54 pm

    Glad you are able to venture out now. This storm was awful. It will be a long time before “normal” returns to our area of the world.

    • 14/11/2012 2:51 pm

      Indeed and it has been felt for weeks since. TY!

  35. 01/11/2012 1:04 pm

    Our thoughts are still with all of you who were affected by this beast!

    • 14/11/2012 2:52 pm

      TY for your message… It has been stressful for many.

  36. 01/11/2012 1:13 pm

    Thank goodness you are all safe. Take care Elizabeth and know that our thoughts are with you and all who have suffered from this dreadful storm.

  37. 01/11/2012 1:26 pm

    Like all the other well wishers, we’re thankful you are safe. Your positive spirit helps us all.

    • 14/11/2012 7:41 pm

      TY so much… I am truly grateful for the well wishes… God bless you all! 🙂

  38. 01/11/2012 2:05 pm

    Unbelievable tragedy for the folks on the east coast — I can’t watch much of the news coverage — so sad. But I.m thankful for your post and praying that normal life soon returns. Take care…

    • 14/11/2012 7:42 pm

      TY Natalie… I really appreciate you stopping by. Be blessed!

  39. 01/11/2012 2:32 pm

    It is really tragic – and natural disasters (or rather the aftermath) are so emotionally exhausting, often causing depression. We know how it feels as we get hit by hurricanes almost every year – some years worse than others. You just have to pull yourself back up on your feet again… We had no power for two days, but we did have water. Many other poor, rural Jamaicans have neither and others have lost all their homes and belongings. But you will pull through again. I do hope you get power and water back soon! Our thoughts are with you and I am so glad that you are safe.

    • 14/11/2012 7:44 pm

      TY and we are pulling through… My heart goes out to all who are still suffering the aftermath of Sandy. 🙁

  40. 01/11/2012 5:02 pm

    I share your sentiments exactly Elizabeth. We had a fabulous day today finally being able to get to Ocean City and assess damages to the house…to my amazement it is unscathed! I have never been more grateful and felt such a true feeling of blessings when I look around at the devastation up and down the coast. We are truly blessed and I want to share that blessing with you and yours.

    • 14/11/2012 7:45 pm

      Good for you… I’m glad your home is safe… What a wonderful blessing!

  41. 01/11/2012 6:26 pm

    So glad you are safe…God Bless!…mkg

    • 14/11/2012 7:49 pm

      TY Marilyn … I appreciate the kind thoughts.

  42. 01/11/2012 6:32 pm

    Thank you for going out of your way to keep us informed, Elizabeth. My prayers are with everyone on the east coast. I hope people realize the power of the Rumi quotation you posted.

    • 14/11/2012 7:51 pm

      TY so much and I’m glad you appreciate Rumi too… 🙂

  43. 02/11/2012 12:27 am

    It is good to know you are safe, Eliz. I, too, watched CNN tonight and wept at so many of the stories. The loss of life is really devastating, and it’s all hard to comprehend from clear across the country! My prayers just continue, dear one! Debra

    • 14/11/2012 7:52 pm

      TY! My heart still goes to the families that are still struggling …

  44. 02/11/2012 1:58 am

    Eliz, I too am so saddened by the tremendous loss that so many are facing after Sandy. I am happy to hear that you are safe and have the heart to post. Thank you for sharing your tragedy with us and your photos. Prayers going out to y’all.

    • 14/11/2012 7:54 pm

      TY Darla! We were fortunate to only lose power… others suffered much more. 🙁

  45. 02/11/2012 1:41 pm

    I just found your blog and discovered you were in the path of Sandy. I live on the coast and know the power of hurricanes. I am glad you are safe. I will visit again.

    • 14/11/2012 7:56 pm

      TY so much for checking in… We are fine now and praying for those who lost so much.

  46. 02/11/2012 5:50 pm

    So sorry for what happen there 🙂

  47. 02/11/2012 8:01 pm

    So scary, those photos are amazing Elizabeth. From over here I can’t even imagine what you’ve experienced…

    • 14/11/2012 7:58 pm

      It was a nightmare for many. The pictures came from HuffPost. TY!

  48. 02/11/2012 10:08 pm

    I didn’t know you were right in it either, Elizabeth. So glad you are okay, my heart goes out to you all.

    • 14/11/2012 7:58 pm

      TY and prayers for those who are still struggling…

  49. Bree permalink
    02/11/2012 10:31 pm

    You are always in my prayers and like you, my prayers and blessings go out to all affected by this great tragedy. Stay strong!

  50. 03/11/2012 5:17 am

    I hope and pray that you, your family and those that witnessed it are safe and that recovery , healing comes quickly. I witnessed hurricane Ike and it was a scary event. It is a hard situation that needed a community that help and supports each other.

    • 14/11/2012 8:01 pm

      TY and I can imagine how scary Ike was… Prayers to you and I appreciate your kind words.

  51. 03/11/2012 6:37 am

    Wow, my heart goes out to you Elizabeth. I can only imagine the destruction that Sandy has wrought. Keep inspiring us….you always have such a way of being so incredibly thankful and positive! 🙂

  52. 04/11/2012 5:44 am

    Thank you for the update AND the inspiration. Stay strong. You are definitely in all of our thoughts. Sending you ALL the positive energy I can muster up!

    • 14/11/2012 9:13 pm

      Your kind words and prayers touched my heart. Doing better now. TY!

  53. 05/11/2012 6:48 am

    Your photos of the Sandy aftermath are both heartbreaking and beautiful. Thank you for sharing these. I think it’s hard for us who weren’t impacted by Sandy to truly understand how devastating it was. Take care and best of luck!!

    • 14/11/2012 9:15 pm

      TY! There were lots of haunting images on the internet… I got these via HuffPost and gave credit. TY for your message. Blessings to you too.

  54. 05/11/2012 6:58 am

    Stay safe… Hugz

  55. 05/11/2012 8:26 am

    The images are harrowing Eliz! So happy you are safe. Take care.

    • 14/11/2012 9:57 pm

      TY Madhu! It was a harrowing experience all around…

  56. 05/11/2012 3:27 pm

    So tragic! It’s sooooo good you came through it safely. Take care.

  57. 05/11/2012 7:44 pm

    Stay safe, Eliz. No really, we don’t want to miss a great top-notch blog. 😀

  58. 07/11/2012 10:13 am

    Glad to hear you are safe and well Eliz.Take care..

  59. 07/11/2012 10:41 am

    I hope life is slowly returning back to normal. All the best wishes.

    • 14/11/2012 10:01 pm

      I hope so too… especially for so many still out of power.

  60. 07/11/2012 7:33 pm

    Oh, how heart-wrenching! My prayers and thoughts go to all of you there. You are so nice to think of your friends here on the web. Take care and stay safe.


    • 14/11/2012 10:04 pm

      TY for your prayers and kind words… we are doing fine now.

  61. 11/11/2012 11:59 am

    No hurricane can crush the human spirit…We will adapt, re-adapt and keep re-adapting till the end of time. 🙂


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