Monday, September 15, 2008

Winds of Change

Yesterday a crazy wind storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses throughout Ohio.  Its so easy to get frustrated and annoyed with missing work, dealing with traffic, wasting food from our fridges, and losing sleep with no air conditioning.  But this is the perfect opportunity to think about how lucky we really are.   Natural disasters often do more than disrupt daily routines, they destroy lives.  The American Red Cross is obviously a well-known organization, but now is the time to really appreciate their simple and powerful mission; "doing whatever it takes to relieve and prevent people from suffering - through lifesaving programs and services in your local community, across the country, and around the world."  

I have a tendency to find a silver lining in EVERYTHING, and yesterday's storm is a perfect example of my obnoxious positivity. As I mentioned, it was a reminder of how lucky we really are, the importance of disaster relief efforts, but also on a personal level, we discovered how nice our neighbors are when a tree fell on the roof next door and everyone came out to check on them and show their concern.  I'm usually not this cheesy, but the circumstances really created a bond among us and it's such a nice feeling to have neighbors you can count on.  

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