Monday, November 5, 2012

A Note from Sandy - "I dare you to be better"

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As relief efforts continue on the east coast, many find themselves still in shelters with so many kept from returning to their homes.  Though in such uncomfortable settings, many victims are showing signs of strength as they express their desire to rebuild.  One of the victims responded in the video, "in life, I learned to be thankful."  Life seems to have a unique way of teaching us important lessons, and hurricane/super-storm Sandy was certainly no exception.
(Photo credit: J_O_I_D / Foter / CC BY)





Thankful to be alive...



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Stars combine to bring relief to Sandy victims

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Lessons Learned
Disasters and emergencies are not new to mankind.  The human race has faced countless types and variations of adversities throughout its history over thousands of years.  Whether it is natural or manmade, whether the effects are nationwide or individual, each seems to teach us or remind us about things that matter most.  As hard as these adversities are, we find in the eyes of those who overcome them, the strength and resiliency of mankind.  We are inspired to learn (or remember) through examples of others that humans are tough, creative, loving, caring and kind.  Perhaps disasters come to remind us of how good we can be.  It gives us a chance to stop and be a little more thankful, a little more concerned for others, and a little more loving.  When viewed in this light, hurricane/super-storm Sandy goes from being a natural disaster to a challenge to mankind.  She is daring us to be better.  The ball is in our court now.  Do we take it or leave it?
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.  The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.  We must start in our homes to remedy this kind of poverty."    Mother Teresa http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mother_teresa.html#FfEbKeX4dRt5YquX.99 
"Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."  Mother Teresa     http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mother_teresa.html#FfEbKeX4dRt5YquX.99 

Update
Since this post, I found a video that goes with the spirit of this post.  The spirit of love is clearly evident in those who are there to help, and the spirit of gratitude is also clearly visible in those who received help.  It is a very touching footage.



Hurricane Sandy Helping Hands from Joshua Brown on Vimeo.

May we all be a little bit better in showing our love for others as well as expressing our gratitude for those who do during the holiday season.  

by Kento Fukuyasu 

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