Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Perspective

As I walked into work yesterday morning, I took note of the slight fall chill in the air, the way that the sun was peeping through the high clouds, and the fact that everything was absolutely normal. It was early, the traffic hadn't really picked up yet, though there were a few early risers walking to their various work establishments in their usual morning rush. If I hadn't been listening to the radio on my drive in, I would have supposed it a perfect fall morning. But as I made my walk through Regent Street, across first south, my thoughts were taken to a different place and different people, who weren't experiencing my perfect fall morning.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people whose lives have been drastically changed because of Hurricane Katrina. Life in Salt Lake City followed its normal path yesterday. Work with a host of meetings, a class at the University, and then back to work to finish off a host of tasks received in the morning. Everyone was just doing what had to be done, and yet, I couldn't help but think of those who couldn't resume normal life yesterday. For the coming months, they will be facing the challenges of rebuilding their homes, and businesses.

It is indeed sad that it takes a hurricane, demonstrating the great power of nature, to remind us once again how very fragile we are. I am grateful to those who have made time to go and help, for organizations that donate time and money to distressed people and places. I was touched by the story of a man profiled on NPR yesterday morning, a police officer, guarding some downtown streets in New Orleans with the hope of fending off looters. He said that his home was a few miles away submerged under six feet of water with no roof. He recounted to the reporter that he had lost most everything, but not the things that mattered most, for his wife and children were safe and alive. Knowing that his family was still safe, he could show up to work and try to help others. What a perspective his story brings to light.

Armed with a different perspective, staying up a few extra hours to do homework doesn't seem too bad. Having a job where the hours and work are steady is a blessing. Life as I know it right now is actually quite ideal.

2 comments:

Michael Sarver said...

a fellow NPR listener are you?

Joe said...

Absolutely.