As Hurricane Isaac unleashes its wrath upon New Orleans, I am reminded of how often I forget to count my blessings.
Last year at this time, most of the State of Connecticut was affected by Hurricane Irene. I was one of the many residents who griped and groaned without the luxuries of air conditioning and hot water. We didn’t have CL&P provided electricity for 8 days. But, thanks to a friend who let us borrow a generator, we “suffered” for just 4 days.
In October of last year, I volunteered to help rebuild Joplin, Missouri as part of an Extreme Makeover build. I spent 12 days in the town that had its heart ripped out by an EF-5 tornado (200+mph winds). People didn’t just lose electricity. They lost their home. Entire neighborhoods were wiped out. No homes, no hospital, no schools, no businesses to work at. The tornado also claimed the lives of 160 people. People lost their family members. Now those are hardships worth complaining about!
The experienced humbled me. I felt guilty as I stood in the middle of the path of destruction. How many times had I seen a TV story about a natural disaster affecting some other part of the country and thought, “That will never happen to me.” Yeah, right. Open your eyes Peter!
I can’t imagine what the residents of New Orleans are feeling right now. Haven’t they suffered enough? How many are just now getting back on their feet and recovering from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now they have to endure another of Mother Nature’s temper tantrums.
So, as you go about your day today, remember to count your blessings. You woke up today to read this post. That is a blessing! Do you have fresh water to drink, hot water for a shower, fresh food in the refrigerator. Did you wake up in your own bed with a solid roof over your head? Did your children, your parents, your friends and neighbors wake to greet a new day? You are alive, be thankful!
Now, go out into the world and be truly alive. Be aware of what’s going on around you. Be kind to someone. Maybe that someone is worried about a relative living in New Orleans. Thank someone today. It may be the best thing they hear all day. Be signifant to someone. Send an email to a friend. Call your mother. Take your kids out for a surprise ice cream cone. I don’t care what it is, but for one day, please don’t think, “It will never happen to me.”
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant