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Hurricane Wilma - The Aftermath Part 2

Electrcity restored at 6:18 p.m. today! The utility crews departed to cheers and horns honking. Pardon me but I will be in the shower until tomorrow morning! © 2005 VANESSA BYERS

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Hurricane Wilma - The Aftermath

Today is Day 14 of no electricity. Utility workers restored electricity to the homes one block north on Thursday evening (Day 11). There were two loud booming sounds but the cheers from the neighbors signaled that they could now return to their normal daily routines.

On Friday evening (Day 12), the elecricity was restored one block east. There was another loud boom and an eerie blue light that illuminated the night. The workers left.

On Saturday (Day 13), only Miami-Dade County work crews were in the area removing piles of debris. The neighborhood looked much better but I would prefer a hot shower over the mounds of trash.

Supposedly, electricity will be restored today. I cannot get excited because I heard that five days ago. The workers are really doing a yeoman's job. They are tired and it clearly shows.

The most frustrating part about this situation is the poor communication from Florida Power & Light (FPL). The public service announcements on radio and television have reached the point of sheer nausea.

I don't need anyone to thank me for my patience, just give me some information about the status of restoration in my neighborhood. I really need to know why I see electricity restored all around me but not at my home. I am irritated and frustrated but still reasonable.

The out-of-town workers in the area are from Kent, OH and Shelby, NC. I offered some of them coffee but they just really wanted to sleep. I understand completely. Thanks, guys.

© 2005 VANESSA BYERS

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Thank you, Marianne

I love Marianne Williamson and I'm not ashamed to admit it. One of the most powerful, gifted and spiritual individuals of our time, she has truly changed my life. Ms. Williamson's quote on “our deepest fear,” is one of my favorites. It is frequently attributed to Nelson Mandela, as his presidential inauguration speech but it is not. Enjoy and be enlightened... Vanessa


Our Deepest Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.


We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?


You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.


We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


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