In My Opinion
Our Chances to Be Better – Lessons from Hurricane Sandy
It’s been 7 days since we lost power here at home. Hours before Sandy hit we went dark, and have been since then. But not our spirits.
My husband and I have made every effort to stay positive during the crisis, something that has been easier to do because we are not connected to the news and images and reports – not as constant or as much as most. A blessing in disguise considering that when we do get access to the news we hear stories like the one about Glenda Moore, the Staten Island mother who lost her two boys, 2 and 4, to a wave of water that over took them while they tried to escape the storm, and who was denied help from her neighbors.
I would probably be consumed by it, if it weren’t for the incredible amount of people, near and far, who are out there, helping others, speaking out for those who can’t speak for themselves, donating time and goods needed to sustain them.
We have had tons of friends, both on and offline, who have offered up their homes to us, offered to ship and bring things to us, even offering to pick us up to bring us to their warmer homes.
Twitter, Facebook and other social media networks are alive with the sharing of resources, information, drives, and fundraisers for various areas hit the hardest by the storm. Marathoners who came in to run in the NYC Marathon – which was then canceled – have committed to volunteering and helping in the clean up process.
As my own family strives to remain positive and grateful through all of this, we are feeding off of the positive energy of others, the display of human compassion, the beauty of community and the power of working neighbor to neighbor.
We might have electricity soon. Even without, we have been doing well. We have food, we just managed to get gasoline for our car, we have a stable, safe roof over our heads and ability to continue to provide for our family. Next week, our lives will slowly start going back to normal – but we are the lucky ones.
So many others have yet to heal, to recover, to forgive, to find ways to start over – homes, food, care.
I hope that as our lives go back to normal, that we don’t forget those who remain affected.
This isn’t the first hurricane I have experienced. This isn’t the most tragic event in my life. But it remains an issue that has affected me, because this time, as a mother and a wife, I had so much more to lose if harm did come our way.
There are many others who did lose a lot. Let us remain vigilant and proactive on their behalf. Let the beauty of human nature remain strong and giving. Let this tragedy be our opportunity to become better, if not for ourselves, than for our community. Let this be the lasting lesson that remains.