Earthquakes and autumn

Published September 24, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Alex M. Eduque


I am writing this from Mexico City where the week quite literally had a shaking start. On the 19th of September, perhaps about an hour right after the city-wide simulation to commemorate the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes (both on the same day), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Michoacan, and was felt all the way in the capital. Although never a pleasant experience, and not something we look forward to, to say that the Mexicans are quite used to this occurrence would perhaps be an apt statement. Evacuation was calm, and people knew what to do. That is the importance of being informed, and how substantial an impact education can have. It was a strong quake, but truly, the spirit of the country, and its people was anything but shattered.

I remember talks going around about how in 2017, a similar occurrence happened when they decided to do the city-wide simulation which was followed by an earthquake. Many were joking that a similar occurrence could happen once again, and alas! While stranger and rarer things have definitely taken place on this earth, I cannot help but think about the power of the mind and the tongue – subconsciously and unknowing to a lot of us, it is something we should pay more attention to and be more careful about – as a manifestation.

In the same way that we are told to manifest the dreams and goals we want to achieve and aspire, if we keep saying something negative will happen, or think that it will, the energy and power of manifestation remains, and does not decipher between good and bad. At the end of the day, I have God to thank for keeping me safe, calm, and making sure I was at the right place, at the right time. We can never go against or predict Mother Nature accurately, but when we are in the midst of unpredictable unfortunate situations, we tend to be vulnerable. And it is in these moments that we can choose to turn the right way and be grateful for the outcome. Seeing the grander picture, and being the bigger person.

On this side of the world, the breeze has gotten cooler, leaves are starting to change color and the days are starting to get shorter. Gone are the eternal days of summer, and autumn is most definitely around the corner. We are in the midst of transition, where we get to savor what is left of what was, and start to embrace what is to come.

Autumn has always been my favorite season, and what it symbolizes and represents to me has always been most meaningful. It signifies change, and is a constant reminder to us all that change is in fact the only constant in this world. That year after year, whether we like it or not, it will come, and the renewed opportunities for new beginnings will always be presented.

No matter how good or bad a day (or a year) it has been, fall will always remind us that what goes up, will always come down. The world is round, and life is but a cycle. No one, and nothing remains at the top forever.

Which is why we must seek to be the good in our everyday. We must find humility in ourselves even in situations that can tend to bring out the worst in us. The greatest wisdom lies in humility, and when we expect it the least, it is in these humble and humbling moments that we are served, and gain the most from. Change is inevitable, and transition is a period we can only hope to be as smooth as possible. But what we gain from these situations will always enrich us if we choose to always see our cups as half full.