A Blizzard in the High Arctic brought me to my knees & I found Courage!
I have been through many snow storms, in my life. Living on a farm in the middle of the Canadian Prairies, you get used to them! Some, I have gotten caught driving in and some caused us to stay put for days!
So, living in the High Arctic for 2 years, you anticipated a storm or two. I recall the one that gave me a life lesson that I will never forget…
I was General Manager at Taluq Designs Ltd. and had 6 to 8 staff most days working in the building. One day, at noon the forecast was calling for a bad snow storm….I kept watch and when I walked for the mail (around 2 pm), it was already showing itself. I told the ladies to leave at 3 pm so they could make sure to get their families all together. I intended to finish the monthly accounting that Yellowknife wanted and leave by 4 pm…….
Well, I lost track of time and it was 5 pm and I couldn’t see the Co-op store across the road from the business. I bundled up and started my trek up the hill to the house I was renting. It was about a kilometer from the business. I had to walk into the wind, and as I got a block from the business, I knew it was time to draw more inner strength….
With each step, I saw my life pass before my eyes and all the things I still wanted to do in my life.
I am not a religious person, but by the time I was 2 blocks up the street I was praying with each step to make it the rest of the way.
There was not a soul moving out on the streets (every sane person was already home), so if I did keel over, I’d be lost for days….
I praise myself each block I walked past….then, I turned the corner and saw the street light shining on my house.
More deep breathes and inner strength had to be gathered!
I was so tired, my scarf was frozen to my nose as the wetness of my breathe had caused the scarf to stick to my nose. The wind was causing my eyes to burn, though it might also have been fear of freezing to death on the streets of Taloyoak, Nunavut and those tears were hard earned.
I don’t know how long it took me to get to the steps of my house, each step took every bit of energy I had left. I got to the bottom of the steps and it was a wall of snow and the only way I knew there were steps there was I walked up & down them everyday. I plunged through the snow drifts up the steps, and got to the front door. I collapsed for a few minutes – relief that I was there and just plain tired from fighting against the wind.
I got my key out from my mitt and put it into the lock…..frozen, nothing happening. Fear of being frozen to the door outside my house crept in, anxiety that I might have to walk another block to the police station (I knew both RCMP)…
I held the knob with my mitts, and leaned against the door as I had no strength left. Time passed.
I tried the lock again and this time it turned. I turned the knob and I fell into the back porch. I just laid there for awhile with the door open and snowing blowing in – don’t know whether it was minutes or hours.
Once, I gained my strength, I found the snow shovel to shovel out the snow from the doorway and closed the door.
I took off my parka and boots, then collapsed on the couch……
I woke up the next morning with the winds still howling, and still no one moving outside.
We were lucky, we had power while other communities lost their power and even roofs from buildings.
3 days later, we did get back to work and I vowed then, when I send the ladies home because of a storm, that I will leave also.
The biggest life lesson I found for myself, was:
When you think you have nothing left in the tank, you must dig a little deeper – its there. The courage and strength is there for the taking and you must know that you have more to give and live for.
The above is an excerpt from my upcoming book: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
What fears are holding you back? Do you have a support team to help you through those roadblocks. I am here to serve.…