Although I tend to blog about the highlights in my life, the “lifestyle” portion of my blog should really encompass the hard truths, even if it isn’t so pretty. So while I would love to talk about fashion and lovely fall styles, I can’t in the midst of the turmoil Florida is experiencing due to Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever measured in the Atlantic to date.
Natural disasters happen all around us, but it is such an eye-opener when it happens right outside your door. Although I’m thankful I didn’t get the worst of it, I empathize with those who have. Especially those who have lost so much because of it.
It hits home when I hear about my cousin who was in the Caribbean island, St. Maarten, and got the worst of it. While still a Category 5, Hurricane Irma brought so much destruction to the islands of the Caribbean. Hearing how she was stuck in the bathroom for 6 hours while water was getting in through the cracks in the window sounds terrifying. I can only imagine the nightmare she went through. Thankfully, she is safe now and awaiting to be evacuated outside the island.
I know the hurricane is something we can’t stop, but we can all do our part to make the situation a little better.
It’s crazy how a hurricane situation can say a lot about someone. Experiencing it first-hand, I’ve seen both sides. I am thankful for every soul that shows love in the worst of times. My aspiration is to be that kind of person. Sometimes you don’t feel like being nice when it’s chaos all around you. It’s human nature. But putting all this into perspective, I strive not to act based off my emotions, especially at a situation like this. This is why I don’t believe the phrase “follow your heart.” What if you really can’t stand that person in front of you in line to get gas or water? Are you going to yell for them to move out of the way or hurry up? I digress…hopefully you guys get the point and choose to act wisely. Sometimes your heart (aka emotions) isn’t always on par with wisdom.
The hurricane did bring out the best in some people though. I’ve seen people helping their neighbors put up shutters and providing a space for others who aren’t in safe homes. I love seeing families and communities coming together at a time like this. Even beyond my community, I want to thank those who are already helping out to make this situation better.
While driving, I saw a house who had plywood boarded up and they spray painted the verse 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 on it:
“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us (MSG).”
If you guys are wondering how you can help in this situation, below are some ideas:
- GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization that connects donors with local relief organizations.
- GoFundMe also hosts individual crowdfunding campaigns for people and organizations.
- American Red Cross
- The Salvation Army
- Airbnb is looking for property owners to offer free accommodations to families displaced by Hurricane Irma
- If you live in Florida and want to help, Volunteer Florida is looking for those to help out in shelters or different types of clean-up.
- Give blood at American Red Cross blood blank