I am sitting here relaxing and reviewing some of the additional benefits, lessons and realizations that I experienced during the blizzard and its aftermath.. One of those benefits was that the awning covering my front porch buckled under the weight of the snow and ice and will have to be replaced.
How was that a benefit? It was beneficial because I got to practice what I have learned and got to see how I have grown from the lessons. I was able to instantly relax, control my attention and focus my thinking on what needed to be done to inspect the condition of the structure, access any possible danger to self,others, and prevent further damage to the awning and to the house if any.
I stepped unto the porch and inspected the anchorpoints where the awning was attached to the wall. I noticed that only several of the ten bolts were loose and that the awning had pulled away from the wall, about 1″, in those areas. The supports at the front and sides of the awning were still intact.
The bulk of the damage was in an area where all the support beams had bent in the middle,under the weight of snow and ice, that extended the length of the awning. I ascertained that the structure would hold until i could get the opinion of a professional and scheduled two companies to access the damage and give estimates.
Next,I took many pictures from many angles for submission of my insurance claim documentation that i planned to make as soon as I got the estimates.
I had a very clear intention of what i wanted to have as a final outcome and I kept taking steps in alignment with my purpose.
To make a long story at least shorter, I now have an insurance settlement that matches one of my estimates minus my deductible. The entire process was very easy, quick and smooth.
I also had a side realization. The snow bar at the front of the awning keeps the snow and ice from falling off the awning in whole or part and causing possible damage below. In this case it kept all the snow and ice on the awning as designed but Insured its own downfall by holding unto all the weight and not being able to let it go. Awnings act very rigidly. No choice.
Have you ever thought or acted like an awning in any area of life? I know I have.
There is tremendous benefit in being able to let go and handle life in flexible, creative ways using flexible, creative,clear thinking as we are all discovering and realizing as we progress through the lessons
Let it go!