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December 7, 2012

What can I say?

(Continued)

All those address stickers and note pads they send make me feel a little guilty, but not enough to support each and every deserving organization.

Next, I considered writing about the devastation to the coastal towns further south and how admirable it is that so many across America responded so quickly and reached out to help. But, I kept coming back to my sense of reality. More and more, it appears that Mother Nature will have her way with us — especially with those living on low lands. I know hardly anyone wants to hear this, including me. I do feel personally threatened and saddened by the possibility of our coastline disappearing; however, what is the choice, other than moving inland?

I thought to write about preparing for calamity, but I knew I probably won’t be doing much in the way of getting ready, “just in case.” What plans could be made? What would I take as I fled to higher ground? Who wants to think about such a “remote” possibility? But, is it so far-fetched, this sense of being at risk fueled by all the evidence of the seas rising more rapidly than we have ever seen?

How would I survive the total destruction of my property? Although I love living in my home, surrounded by things I have accumulated over a lifetime, still I do believe all the material stuff, all of it, is expendable. If everything disappeared in a hurricane or earthquake, and I and my loved ones survived, it could be enough.

Downsizing, if thrust upon me, is something I could do fairly easily. But I do have one substantial requirement. I would have to escape to a warm and friendly climate where I won’t need my furnace, down comforter and heavy coats, boots, gloves and hats. I like to envision living out the remaining years in a tropical climate, eating off the land with just a bathing suit and sunblock to cover me. I am reminded of the very primal desire to return to the original Garden of Eden, to Paradise.

Somehow, I feel relieved to imagine what could be “a worst case scenario” and yet to be left with the sense, it’s all OK... no matter what.

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Angelena Craig of Newburyport is the director of The New Aging Movement and a professional-level yoga instructor. Visit her website at www.thenewagingmovement.com or e-mail angelenayoga@verizon.net.

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