Life Must Go On
I had the hardest time coming back to work after what all of us Texans went through and continue to go through in these past couple of weeks or so but life must go on. The amount of devastation we have witnessed has been beyond traumatic. According to Wikipedia “the resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.” That is traumatizing.
Texans have lost so much through this catastrophe. Homes, photos, vehicles, food, jobs, businesses and the list goes on and on. I’m so relieved the the number of fatalities in relation to the numbers devastated remains very low. The majority of us still have our lives, we still have each other. Nothing is more valuable that so life must go on.
Now that the initial shock of this enormity has subsided somewhat I wonder how life must go on. Well….Texas Strong, God Strong, that’s how. Nothing has put a bigger smile on my life than seeing the number of people, of Texans who have bonded and held strong with one another, to one another. It has been inspiring….It has been comforting. It’s been down right amazing. And I honestly, after everything, I feel proud to be a part of such a place and would hate to miss out…..ironic right? It has restored my faith.
The obtaining of new material possessions, new homes, new cars, replaced clothing, etc. will of course come into play. It must, because life goes on. I, however, hope that we hang on deeply to the comradery we have witnessed and participated. I hope our faith remains fixed in God whom has answered a lot of prayers. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that. I hope we can be an example to other communities, to other states….to our nation. This devastation may have ripped our lives apart but it bonded our lives together.
As a Christian and a Texan through God and with my community my life will continue. I now have a new appreciation for my particular job that was so hard to return to. As I drove through collapsed neighborhoods witnessing all that was lost and the families beginning recovery, I reflected on how all life moves forward. Time doesn’t stop for a hurricane. Children continue to grow, relationships continue to blossom, and we all continue to get older. Its important to capture those moments while they are fresh. Life must go on and when the moment passes it is gone forever. I hope somehow I can help provide and/or replace those images…. those lost portraits with new ones…..those never taken with captured memories. Portraits of families still intact…. portraits of the dear friends we have made. Those are the important things we have retained and gained through this storm. Let’s all hold onto them.
I now have a new found excitement in the freshness of our attitudes, the life within our cities, homes and jobs. What a blessing!….Life must go on.
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