|To him, it's one giant water puddle.|
So many have commented on the tragedy in Oklahoma. I've read comments on similar disasters people have been through. It makes me think of Hurricane Rita in 2005. If you don't remember it, that's okay. Most didn't really hear about it because it was in the shadow of Hurricane Katrina. I remember it because I lived it.
|with no power, you do a lot of artwork|
After the storm hit, FOX news had a guy in Lake Charles interviewing those who had stayed. Two LC boys were out checking on things. When asked by the reporter what they were doing, the answer was "Well, we're just checking on our neighbors, making sure they're okay." One held up a chainsaw. "If we need to we'll fire this up and cut a path for them." The reporter asked why they were doing it. Both looked at him funny and one said "Because it's what you're supposed to do." I'm sure the reporter was a little disappointed not to find an exciting story, but people caring about others. No looting and hurting each other. Just taking care of business.
Now, I'm not going to say we didn't get any assistance, but in the wake of Katrina, Rita was the red-headed step child. Did it slow the people down? Not a bit. They did what they had to do, picking up and rebuilding. (I know our friends in Florida can relate to that.) Are we a stronger community for it? Of course. Did the response come as any surprise? Not really.
I've read people say disasters bring out the best in everyone. Unfortunately, that's not entirely true. I've experienced the negatives and positives first hand. One thing is for certain: times of tragedy and disaster reveal character.
What will the revelation say about you? May we always be able to say "I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do." What are you doing now to cultivate a strong, positive character in your life and in those around you?