When we are overtaken by the forces of nature and must deal with storms, earthquakes, floods and any number of other unpredicted or unpredictable events we have no control of we may not find them easy to deal with, but we do function by going along with the circumstances. There can be many actions we do not wish to take, but do take action to preserve our families, our property, ourselves, and others and these actions are taken with no thought of debating their merits or refusing to do our part during an emergency. We bargain and balk, complain and whine when we are confronted with emotional and spiritual storms affecting us directly or peripherally. We will deny or walk away from having to make decisions or act on someone else’s part all with a view only to ourselves and not for the benefit of our families or communities. Rather than fighting against emotional and spiritual storms it is better in the long run to bend and compromise; this doesn’t harm us and may lead to better understanding of both ourselves and those we have attempted to ignore in the past. Without stopping to listen and learn about the anguish or trouble someone is trying to present to us we are throwing away an opportunity to learn about ourselves and thus be able to help ourselves and others in the future. Should we remain a part of our community during upheaval or isolate ourselves?