Attempting to see the road while driving in the snow storm today was an exercise in clarity. The wind blew the snow all around the cars. The streets were not well plowed. Ice formed on the windshield, rendering the wipers somewhat useless. Yet, slowly, the defrost mechanism took over and melted the ice. The wipers did their job. And I arrived at a long section of clear roadway.

Even in the midst of a storm – an upheaval – there are moments of clarity. Slowly, income and expense numbers are understandable. It’s clear who the correct creditors are and when payments are due. Gradually, the important items rise to the top of the list. Little by little, a routine takes shape.