Monday, November 19, 2012 / by Dean Miller
Moving on, surviving and growing
Over the past few weeks, many of us on Long Island got to witness the incredible power of Mother Nature. A major hurricane, followed by the sucker punch of a Nor'Easter that dumped a lot more snow on us than the brilliant weather people originally predicted. But what was even more amazing were the things that I and many others got to witness after all of the destruction, and no matter how strong Mother Natures powers are, the strength of the Human Spirit always prevails.
While Sandy and the snow destroyed homes, businesses, roads, beaches and even took a few lives, the Human Spirit comes back stronger and stronger. Residents of the ravaged communities coming together to help each other. Providing shelter, food, warmth, a shoulder to cry on, another to lean on. People dropping everything to make sure that others were safe. Giving of their homes, money, effort and time to make sure that someone else would suffer less!
Unfortunately, many of us, myself included, never take the time to realize how good we have it, and how lucky we are. During the days that followed, I watched closely to see who I could help, or where it was needed most. We had the priveledge of meeting people who took it upon themselves to step up and organize, creating donation and distribution centers, brining the most needed items to the most desperate of people. Feeding babies, sharing generators and power, cooking meals for dozens and dozens of people at a time. Gutting out houses that will take weeks and months to dry out, pumping water out, and then cleaning up what could be salvaged. I am blessed to live among such incredible people!
During my down time, I like to read and learn. I cant remember how I originally stumbled upon the following blog by Meaghan O'Connor, but it put such a huge smile on my face that I feel the need to share it. Please take a few minutes to read it, and reflect on just how lucky we all are, and realize that sometimes the most simple things are the most important!