“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.” —Melody Beattie
This week’s post is about my experience going through the Thomas Fires in Ventura, CA.
The fires broke out over a week ago, on a Sunday night. Around midnight, I woke up to my neighbor pounding on my front door to warn me about the advancing flames. From my front porch, we could see fires along the hills shooting up into the red, smoke-filled sky above them. The Santa Ana winds were fiercely blowing, giving everything a surreal quality.
We kept vigil all night, packing our cars, getting ready to evacuate if need be.
Over the next week, the fire continued to burn and evacuation moved to within 3 blocks from my home. Homes burned and a mile away a whole apartment building was razed to the ground. I hunkered down with my cat, Sal, ready to leave at a moment’s notice.