Every now and then something happens that really puts things into perspective for me…something that truly turns things upside down and makes me think about my own life. Ever since the terrible earthquake hit Haiti, I’ve heard so many heartbreaking stories. So many tales of lost lives — of children, mothers, fathers..sons and daughters; some residents from my own state, simply a few cities over. Stories of those left for dead, buried beneath the wreckage only to be discovered days later, barely clinging to life. Stories of pure horror, and yes..stories of hope.
Overall however, everything I hear is very sad.
The situation these poor people are in is terrible — and putting myself into that place — into that state of chaos and loss, even for a moment is almost beyond comprehension.. because in truth, life for me is good. I HAVE a warm home..I have food, and friends, and safety. Sure, I don’t live a glamorous life, and in many ways we struggle just to get by — but when I see something like this, it truly opens my eyes.
I know at times I complain. We all do..we’re human..and in truth, there’s nothing wrong with that. But when I look at these tragedies; when I look at how fragile life is, and how terrible things can become.. it really makes me grateful for what I do have, yet at the same time.. sad for those who aren’t as lucky.
With that said, I have a bad habit of saying and not doing. Sure, like many I come across something terrible and think..”Wow, that is so sad..” but in the end, what exactly do I do about it? Watch the news for a moment? Call a friend? Talk about it online? Change the channel? Sure, I feel sorrow when bad things happen to others..I honestly do..but when we live (and have basically always lived) in a world of safety..a world of hot meals, and family, and friends..it’s truly hard to visualize these terrible scenes we see on television as a reality. We know, of course..that they truly happen, but it almost doesn’t click. In a way we’ve become desensitized by the constant flow of terrible events that are presented to us on our plasma TV screens. In a world where human suffering is rampant and horribly common..most of us rarely think of it..at least on an emotional level (and by us, I mean those of us who are better off).
Honestly, in the end that’s simply how it is, and truly how society has progressed; especially in an era with so many forms of communication and entertainment. It doesn’t make us bad people..it simply shows how detached many of us are from the rest of the world — from beyond the border of our comfortable home, and town..and favorite shopping malls..and nice books.
So yes..this really hit me, and I’ve honestly felt terrible ever since. Seeing the images of bodies being pulled from crumbled buildings..children having having their dead limbs removed with hacksaws..seeing so much horror..I simply had to donate. I honestly normally don’t, because I have a hard enough time paying my bills — but this time I had to do something. For once I wanted to give back, and actually channel my emotion into something real. Something that will make a difference.
With that said, if you want to donate, there are many valid ways..but if you do…be careful. There are many scams out there.
This is from my local news, and it’s a good resource when it comes to donating for this relief fund. Of course..it doesn’t make you some evil, bad person if you don’t! Not all of us can..but IF you can, and are able to donate..here is the site:
I personally donated $10 (I know it isn’t much..but all I have right now) to the American Red Cross through my mobile phone by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999.
I feel terrible for the situation these people are in, and send my best wishes out to the families. I’m also grateful that there’s so many people out there jumping in to help and save these people. It reminds me that the world isn’t as bad as it so often seems.