My flight arrived without any problems yesterday (well, there was a moment when it felt like we were careening on the runway and I accidentally elbowed the man next to me as I instinctually reclaimed the armrest to hold on for dear life).
Being reunited with my partner and dog was a huge relief.
A tree fell in our backyard and crushed our fence while also ripping the electrical wires from our house. We have about $800 of total damage. It would be easy to get wrapped up the inconvenience of living without electricity or the daily fear of running out of gasoline (the line at our neighborhood gas station was literally two miles long this afternoon).
But all of these difficulties are so, so minor when juxtaposed with the fact that all of my friends and family are well. When I start to get stressed, I need to remember what is really important.
It reminds me a bit of the wedding planning process. When I started to get wrapped up in minor details that actually felt huge, I had to remember that my relationship was bigger than any of the smaller stresses.