Storms were forecast to occur early in the morning after 3:00. However, the storm front arrived an hour earlier and caused quite a ruckus. I tried curling up in bed to block out the flashes and rumbling, but I only became more agitated. Reluctantly, I climbed out of bed to assess the weather situation. I booted up the laptop so as to utilize a large screen for the NOAA radar map.
Sure enough, there was a 200-mile-long line of storms in eastern Nebraska that extended into South Dakota. None of the activity approaching my home were severe, but I clicked the map’s play arrow to add animation anyway. The heaviest rain and wind came and went within five-minutes. Our town dodged another bullet.
Threats of thunderstorms never used to bother me; they used to be sources of excitement. Now that I’m a homeowner, the concerns about wind and hail damage are front and center. I’ve heard the stories about homeowner insurance companies’ reluctance to pay out settlement claims and when they do pay, the premiums skyrocket in price. So yes, this is one of the downsides of home ownership.
Such concerns are far outweighed by the security factor. I won’t get kicked out of the house unless I default on the mortgage. I always pay my housing costs, so eviction is not a worry. The little house fulfills my desire to cocoon in a cozy domicile where I can while away the hours pretty much undistracted each day.
Generally speaking, personal security entails having measures to provide safety from crime, weather phenomenon, and physical hazards. It also entails skills to attract and maintain sufficient monetary assets so as to account for food, housing, and health costs. To maintain a reasonable level of personal security requires at least a modicum of self-discipline and impulse control. Personal security also requires implementing a balanced investment/savings plan so as to help manage long-term needs.
Security includes personal relationships. A balanced approach to work and domestic life is essential. Friends and loved ones who share our values and concerns give and recieve mutually emotional, loving support. We already know this in our hearts; however it is easy to overlook this form of security. Even if one’s family of birth is not present or if it is dysfunctional, having a reliable friend or two can be the basis for a self-defined “family” or friends group. It’s good to have someone trustworthy for mutual support and enjoyment of life.
Being well-grounded and feeling secure is great. On the other hand, when putting too much emphasis on this aspect of life, we run the risk of getting stuck in a rut. Life can feel overly dull, lifeless, and routine. It’s good to take mindful risks now and then. We don’t have to be seriously obsessed with security. There are times to climb out of the rut and experiment with life. After all, if one is secure, there is always an emotionally safe place to return to.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes author, music industry executive, and producer, Tommy Mottola . “Trust is a big word for me. Loyalty and trust, for me, are everything. It’s the core of what I’m about and what the people around me hopefully are about. It’s a certain thing that gives you a sense of security. It’s the biggest factor in everything I do.”