The Brain Twister



Sometimes when I close my eyes in the still of the night, I am overwhelmed by visions of a massive, raging, turbulent twister. I can almost hear the angry wind howling, feel its rapid velocity, experience its viscous, jarring, shaking and unfathomable impact. Its visit causes graphic impressions of being pelted by flying debris, commotion, confusion, heart-ache and pain. The background noises penetrate my heart as sounds of sirens, terror, and painful screams, remind me of the onslaught of the "brain twister."

Like other natural disasters, the brain twister strikes with sudden devastation, and becomes a battle of wills regarding human against the elements. There is such agony in realizing that the disaster that is happening is completely out of our control. A tornado is powerful and unpredictable, and its lifespan is generally only a few minutes. In a very short time span the tornado, just as the brain twister, is a master of destruction.

When confronted with the awesome power of a killer tornado there is realization that nothing can compete or conquer the inevitable forces of nature. Likewise when confronted with the killer brain twister, awareness remains that it can be an obscure and undisciplined killer; a type of rogue murderer. Just as massive cloud formations can instantly transform into menacing tornadoes, the brain twister can strike with viscous, cold-hearted, sudden onslaught. The focused and fearless fury of a tornado will never be conquered or controlled by nature. Likewise, the brain twister cannot be predicted, or restrained, its capricious nature allows us very little control.

The brain twister is like other natural disasters, in that there is a great deal of time and expense involved in the reconstruction process. The after-math of any storms fury is painful, traumatic, exhaustive and grief filled. Many times a structure is rebuilt without the same physical or structural components. The structure may retain the same name, but rarely is it ever an exact replica of the original. However, once rebuilt, the structure does retain the same value and worth, and many times the market value is substantially higher.

In a matter of time the rebuilding is completed. There may always be substantial differences, and many hardships may prevail. However, in general, the traumatic memories will eventually fade. Life will continue to move forward even though it has radically changed. The brain twister may have been successful in wrecking all semblance of our subsequent life. However, as long as we have kind hearts and pure souls, the significant structural components remain whole.

by: Debbie Wilson
5-30-96