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Not Forgetting After the Storm by Jennifer Moccio

Why does it take a disaster like Hurricane Sandy to make us recognize the important things in life? We become full of gratitude and good will. We are thankful to have whatever we have left. First, we are thankful that we have our lives and our families. We are thankful that we have a roof over

our heads, food, and water. We are just thankful to be able to sit in the dark with a candle and be together, but as the world keeps turning, we eventually move on. It seems like as soon as things get back to “normal”, we somehow forget about the “awakening” we had when tragedy happened. We again start taking all the little things for granted. We forget that the little things really are the big things. We often get stuck again in faced paced routines and forget to remember what mattered during the storm.

We need to become conscious of the value of time and consider our choices. Time is a gift. Reassessing where and how we spend it, just like we do with our cash, should be a priority. Make it count and create meaningful memories. We tend to live too fast, and while trying to make the most of everything, we forgo some of the most significant aspects of what life is really about.

Mindfulness, gratitude, and love (besides food and water, of course) are all necessary to thrive as a person and a society. Wouldn’t our time be spent well if we would remember the following?

• Be nicer to one another.

• Appreciate every day and remind ourselves to remain aware of the good in ourselves and the world.

• Stop adding superfluous tasks to our “to do” lists.

• Spend more real true time with others without holding our cell phones and watching television.

• Stop being angry about nonsense. Holding grudges and judging others causes emotional clutter that doesn’t leave much room for peace. Just free up some space, throw out the garbage and feel amazing.

Most importantly, simplify life. It doesn’t need to be as hard as we make it.

Jennifer Moccio is a certified health coach and owner of Happy Soul Nutrition in Chester. She is a mom of three and is passionate about family health and happiness. She writes recipes, blogs, and provides health counseling services to women and children. For more information, visit or call 521-5780.

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