Between the west (earthquake and tsunami warnings) and the east (mega-super-frankenstorm of the century) our continent has taken an emotional and physical hit. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who have been effected by nature. So that is pretty much everyone.
At times like these I find myself dwelling on the devastation, the photos and news clips of disaster, but I remind myself instead to consider how these situations prompt so many people to rise and serve. From emergency workers who risk their lives, to line workers to restore power, to doctors and nurses treating the injured, to people distributing supplies.
I am brought to tears by how beautiful we human beings can be. I am currently reading the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. (No, I haven't been getting much sleep. It is riveting!) In the world she created people are divided into factions based on a single attribute: Erudite, valuing intelligence above all else, the Candor, who are honest, the Dauntless, the fearless and so on...there are also the Abnegation, the selfless. The flaw with a society like that is (of course!) we humans are multi-faceted and complicated, but in Divergent it is just another way to codify. It happens in other ways in our current society, but I digress. I see brave and selfless among us today as we recover from natural disaster. From my heart, I thank you Dauntless and Abnegation.