In my lifetime I have never had to experience the hardships caused by natural disasters and for that blessing I am truly grateful. I lived in Houston for a year and I remember how easily flooding happened whenever it rained but I can only imagine what 50″ of rain does to a city like that. The reality is that when Mother Nature picks a fight, she always wins. The best we can do is start over and thankfully, Americans are great at that.
Today’s blog isn’t about suffering or loss. It’s about hope for the future and the greatness of humanity. Once the clouds go away and the water recedes, the world will get to see just exactly what makes America great. We never give in to disasters and we never give up on each other. The media will tell you all day long how divided we are and how much hatred exists in every corner of this country but it’s simply not true and every hurricane definitively proves them wrong. I have heard no stories of people being turned down by rescuers simply because of the color of their skin, their gender, their faith or their political affiliation. It didn’t happen because the vast majority of us don’t see anything but another human being who needs help. Then we do what needs to be done.
Isn’t it amazing how many people just showed up in coastal Texas with their boats and started looking for survivors. They didn’t wait for FEMA to give their approval or ask who was going to pay for their gas. They knew what to do and they did it and they’re still doing it with chain saws, trucks, blood, sweat and tears. That’s what makes America the envy of all the world. We never stop trying to help each other. Thousands of people, whose names we will never hear on TV, are working extremely hard right now trying to get SE Texas back to normal. It will continue to be a monumental task because now we have all the devastation in Florida to deal with too.
The greatness of humanity always comes to light when darkness overtakes us. Unfortunately, darkness is what sells for the media and they will be looking for stories that highlight our difficulties not our achievements. The good news is, for most of those involved in the rescue and clean up efforts they won’t have time to watch TV or worry about what some talking head says is important. Honestly, that happens every day for most of us because we’re too busy living and helping each other. We don’t need anyone to tell us about reality because we experience it every day and far more frequently than they do in their New York studios. My advice to the media is this – put down your cameras, shut the hell up, roll up your sleeves and help us do the work that must be done. After a few days, you might even learn something truthful about the country WE ALL LOVE.
James Taylor did an amazing job of writing the lyrics to Fire and Rain. Here’s the verse that best describes what a lot of us are going through today and every day…
Won’t you look down upon me, Jesus
You’ve got to help me make a stand
You’ve just got to see me through another day
My body’s aching and my time is at hand
I won’t make it any other way
Now let’s get to work.
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