How Creative Force Outmuscles Disaster


Wow, the world sure looks different when I’m not writing. And I mean that in both a literal and figurative sense. This summer I went underground to get some writing done. Avoided pretty much all forms of social media and immersed myself in a couple of different “imaginary” worlds—imaginary is in quotes because those worlds actually feel real to me. I’m sure y’all know what I’m talking about.

When I set my feet back on Earth about a week ago, I felt like Alice in Wonderland—what the heck happened while I was gone?

Hurricane Harvey.

Nature and life destroyed.

Rescue and recovery in motion.

I have family and friends in Houston, and I am thankful that everyone I know and love is okay. Yet, I’m appalled at the tragedy that has befallen thousands of people and the mind-blowing negative environmental impact.

How Creative Force Outmuscles Disaster | If you're feeling helpless in times of disaster then this post is for you. It will inspire you to take action on on issues that matter to you instead of retreating. Click through to find your creative force!


Some dark lord has rattled Earth again. How can we possibly get through another disaster? How can this planet survive yet another attack? How many tests must we humans fail before we learn that we are the freaking problem?

Harvey isn’t the first natural disaster we’ve survived and it won’t be the last. But humans don’t learn quickly from their mistakes. Knowing how dense and stubborn humans can be is disheartening to me.

“Climate change” echoes across the media waves.

Who among us is listening closely enough to do something about it?

I’m thrilled that people are donating their money and time and services to help rescue efforts, and that will make an enormous difference for emergency relief.

Recovery doesn’t end there. It is only the beginning. Next time, we could be looking at worse destruction. Next time, we could be looking at more failure. Next time, we could never recover. We need to think about how we’re going to fund solutions, so we don’t have a next time.

Bring on the ideas.

Open the conversations.

Create change.

Challenge each other to live with the planet in mind and in heart.

These actions stem directly from what I call CREATIVE FORCE, which stirs within each one of us. Whether you are a painter, a mechanic, a teacher, a lawyer, a nurse, a student, a secretary—you wield creative force and therefore you have the ability to make a difference.

Creative force is at the root of ideas, communication, imagination, decision-making, and problem-solving.

All of these processes, when used positively and ethically, are more powerful than any natural disaster.

We humans can make a difference, but it starts with acknowledgement and recognition of the role we have played. A willingness to change our ways. And strength to find a better path to follow.

This tragedy upset the peaceful balance I’d found this summer, underground. Imagine. Squiring myself away from reality gave me peace. Huh. Yeah, I’m definitely an introvert, and a writer, and a tad loony. Shadows claim the space meant for planning the future and making memories and being “social,” and so I want to go back in hiding, to my peaceful seclusion.

My creative force runs rampant, though. Defense mechanism?

It won’t let me sit idly by and let things fall apart around me. I am a guard dog, restless and tenacious. Don’t mess with my bone type of attitude. I’m angry at the reasons we’re in this mess, and I want to do so much more than I reasonably can. But I have commitments that tether me home, in my safe, dry corner of the world.

In response, I started my own fundraising campaign through Sierra Club. 100% of all money that I raise is used by Sierra Club’s groups on the ground to mitigate the environmental impact from Hurricane Harvey.

Anyone who donates through my campaign will receive free feedback on their writing by moi. Comment below if you want more info!

I can’t be in Houston personally to lend a hand, but here on my blog, I can lend my voice. And through fundraising, I can support those who are able to take action. In a small way, this is the difference I’m making.

Won’t you join me?

For more information on Sierra Club’s mission, visit Team Sierra.

Have a writerly day!

0 thoughts on “How Creative Force Outmuscles Disaster”

  1. Great to see you again, Kate! Today’s world can be an overwhelming place for introverts like us, but we can’t just run away and bury our heads in the sand, can we. Hope this little bit in support of your campaign can join up with lots of other little bits to help.

    • Hey Jacqueline! Thank you so much for your contribution. The environment thanks you, too. I know there are hundred of organizations and fundraising campaigns out there, so I’m honored you chose mine. 🙂

      The news always seems to make me shake my head in disbelief these days, but taking action to help someone or something takes the edge off. Thank you again!

    • Thank you, Carrie. I know my campaign is the itty-bitty minnow in a sea full of bigger and stronger fund-raising fish, but minnows can make a difference, too! 🙂 Although, I’d love to hire that dog who carried the full bag of food through the flood. He’d make a great campaign manager! 🙂

  2. WOW – you are thunder and lightening. You are a strong spirit blowing in with the force of your love of our Earth. You are BACK, and we missed you over the summer. But congrats to you for hunkering down into your writing world. I tried to do the same, but with not as much success as you. Your campaign is fabulous. I’m racing over there…

    • Wow! Thank you so much! You’re awesome for pitching in my small effort. I have to say if there is anything that gets me off my butt and taking action, it is seeing someone or something in trouble. I have to reach out and DO something. I will have to retreat to my underground writing sanctuary soon, but for now, this is what I’m up to! 🙂

  3. Welcome back Kate. Nice to seeing the winds blowing you back here instead devastating yet another state. Beautiful contribution. I’m doing my part from the other side of the border. 🙂 x And sharing!

    • Thank you, Debbie! I’m happy you’re helping out, too–the more the merrier! I will have to retreat to my writing sanctuary eventually, but with the fall comes a renewed sense of socializing, so the plan is to blog for consistently–and then I have to deal with the holidays. It’s always something!! Hope you’re doing well!

      • I hear you Kate. I find my book writing excels in summer and publishing begins in fall. This is when my blogging falls behind lol. Isn’t funny how each writer works with the seasons? 🙂 Really nice to have you back. 🙂 x

  4. Sorry I’m so late coming back, Kate, but it’s great to see your fire burning so brightly out in the open again!

    It has been harrowing just to turn on the news, of late, I often can’t do it. Getting involved in larger relief efforts definitely helps with my own sanity. Sierra Club is a great institution, so thank you for the reminder and prompting to renew. I believe that our Earth can take care of herself…if left to cope in her own ways. But with frakking, mining, dredging, hunting, and more natural injustices occurring more frequently every day, she needs our help.

    I’m here to help you reach your goal, and I’ll spread the word about it, too!

    • Hi Mayumi! I’m so glad you swung by to read. My fire is burning brightly! Too bad it’s still humid and in the 80s here! 🙂

      The news is depressing, but taking action to help good causes eases that fear and sadness. I think you’re right, Earth could totally manage recovery on her own if it weren’t for human dolts.

      YOU are awesome to pitch in. I’ll email you separately. This is so great. I’m so excited!! Have a writerly day!!

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