A friend sent me this picture last night and it served to bring home a number of things. A little epiphany, if you will. Yesterday, I was more or less bitching, whining, and moaning because I was a little depressed. Yes, and thanks for all the private emails from concerned friends. You know I love you all to pieces.
Thing is, while I was wallowing in some weird funk, Australia was burning. As of now roughly 175 people have died, more are missing, and entire towns have been destroyed in fires that now appear to be arson. Arson? Who could do such a thing? So many of us have been watching the television and news reports as the horror unfolds. For me, it brings back how millions of us felt several years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. I recalled the inaction of our government and how the rest of us cried over the voices we heard begging across the airwaves...someone, anyone, please save us. We are dying here. I remember the airport luggage conveyor belts were stacked with dead bodies and people lay dead in the dirty streets. New Orleans died before our eyes and it is our prayer that one day it'll be reborn into it's full glory. I live in Texas and many refugees came here looking for shelter and basic necessities. We held our arms open. Some returned home to Louisianna and others decided to stay.
Last night I realized that we seem to focus like a laser beam on things that really don't amount to a hill of beans. Yes, we get upset about silly things that happen but in the scheme of things they mean nothing. At the moment I'm happy that I have shelter for my family. I can feed them simply by walking into my kitchen. Everyone is healthy and happy. I love them and they love me right back. All the rest, those little nagging problems, is hubris. Unimportant in the face of what others are dealing with. Today I'll hug my daughter as she leaves for class and tell her I love her. My husband will get the same treatment. I will call my son and have the supreme pleasure of hearing his voice. I will laugh with friends and work a little but in the midst of it all, I will be thankful for what I have. I will tell those I love how I feel. The rest is bullshit in the face of these horrific events.