I live in Metro-Detroit, Michigan. I am intimately aware of the dismal reputation that we generally have throughout the country, especially with those that haven't experienced some of the cool things we do have going for us. But in the light of reflection upon the past U.S. earthquakes as well as Hurricane Sandy, I couldn't feel more blessed to live here right now. We experienced some high winds, pockets of power outages and rain, but absolutely nothing like what was experienced out East.
Right now like so many Americans, I am counting my blessings while also struggling to comprehend the depth of loss, tragedy and damage that has occurred with Hurricane/Storm Sandy.
My daughter, Ashley, attends college in NJ and was on campus when the hurricane hit. I am sure that the events of the past few days, the devastation that she's seen and the personal stories and accounts that she's hearing from friends and teachers will stay with her forever. Like many, I didn't realize the potential severity of Hurricane Sandy until it was too late. I am grateful that Ash has been able to keep in frequent contact... she knew I have been deeply regretting not insisting that she fly home in advance of the situation. One particular story that Ashley shared that brought a tear to my eye was how the school's chef was at school with a positive attitude cooking for the kids yet his home had been completely destroyed and he is suffering immense hardship in a number of other ways.
Though her school lost power Monday night, power was restored this morning and they are blessed to have only minimal damage in comparison with the devastation that occurred in neighboring Hoboken and elsewhere in NJ and NY. Ashley's friend Jaz, and Jaz' mom surprisingly had power in their home, and I am indebted to them for welcoming Ashley to stay with them until the school regained power today.
It is surreal that just a couple weeks ago, Ashley called me one evening from Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken to chitchat. I still remember how happy she was when she remarked about how especially beautiful the park, weather and skyline were that particular fall evening... Things are sadly so much different now.
I want to send my prayers, positive energy and gratitude to those that are volunteering their time, expertise and financial resources towards helping those that have been impacted by the hurricane/storm.
In whatever way you personally can, pray, meditate (especially using essential oils) and support those charities and businesses that are doing their part to try and help. Prayers and sharing your positive energy do make a difference, even if you are not able to help financially or aren't able to volunteer.
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CNN includes a helpful article that mentions 8 ways that you can help share your support.
Related Note: If you ever hand type a Web address of a charity into your browser address bar, be sure you are entering the correct domain name extension, usually it's .org for charities and NOT .com
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