I’ve been following the Hurricane Sandy storm like everybody else this week. I have family in the Virginia Beach area and acquaintances in or near the East Coast, so I keep thinking of them and hoping everyone is safe. (Knock on wood–My friends and family see me knock on wood a lot. It can’t hurt, right?)
Knowing there are people in dire straits, whether I know them or not, makes it hard to imagine my little hopes or desires have any value. That is true on a daily basis, but especially when a big disaster hits the news. I have to remind myself of the starfish story. (See one version at http://eventsforchange.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/the-starfish-story-one-step-towards-changing-the-world/) and tell myself I can make a difference for that one. I can’t save the world. But I’ll do what I can to make my little corner of the world better. Whether it’s supporting my family, my community, the Red Cross, even paying income tax so servicemen and women and FEMA personnel can help the people caught in the storm, etc., I can do something. Some days, that’s got to be enough. And if we all take care of our own little corners of the world, it will be enough. As Marin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
For all those out there enduring the aftermath of the storm, I send my best wishes. For all those who are dealing with other storms (physical, mental, or emotional), hang in there. You get my best wishes too. Take care of yourself, and reach out to others if you can. We’re all in this together.