When Lightning Strikes… Literally

Our house was struck by lightning this week.  A typical summer thunderstorm popped up one afternoon, only this one seemed unusually strong.  In literally a flash, many things in our house were changed, and not for the better.  Initially, the strike appeared to have only hit the AV equipment in our media room.  My husband saw an arch of light shoot from the cable box, followed by sparks and smoke emitting from all the speakers.  To say it was a little scary is an understatement.  A visit from the fire department  assured us that no immediate fire/issues remained in the walls, but they recommended an electrician thoroughly check our entire system to assess all the damage.

Upon further exploration, we discovered that the lightning actually affected many other things in our house…  both cable boxes (the one downstairs as well), alarm system, wireless router booster, landscape lighting, all our phones, the phone box, a phone jack, and two sofas (they have motors so they can recline).  This is all on top of the real possibility that our main television and all the stereo components are ruined.  I feel sure other things we aren’t even aware of were affected as well.

This experience brought to mind the phrase things can change in an instant.  This holds true for many things.  A tragedy, death, award, diagnosis, winning the lottery, natural disaster, book contract, or invitation are a few examples of things that can all alter the course of our lives forever.  It is our reaction to these events that determine whether the course has a positive or negative impact on our lives.  While some events cause immediate pain or hurt, I have always wanted to believe that there is a silver lining.  Sometime that lining is challenging to find or takes its time to surface, but I honestly believe that it does always exist.

Although this event impacted our lives to a degree, it was minor in the big picture.  It did, however, make me think about others that aren’t as fortunate in similar situations.  I do believe there is even a silver lining in our story, although I haven’t quite figured it out yet.  On a superficial level,  the silver lining might be an opportunity to get a new television and stereo equipment, or that our new cable boxes have more DVR storage.  I do know that I was very thankful we were home when it happened so we could disconnect the power and prevent further damage.  I am also thankful we live close to a fire station that responded quickly and was thorough in making sure all was safe in our home.  But most of all, I realized that the situation could have been much worse, and I was thankful that my little family of four was safe, minus a few frazzled nerves.  On second thought, that is the silver lining and what really matters.

What we are reading:

Me:  Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander

My son (14):  The Kill Order by James Dashner (Prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy)

My daughter (11):  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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