With the recent increase of natural disasters occurring around the world, it seems that Mother Nature likes to remind us how very small we are. Although these disasters are accompanied by great sadness and devastation in many cases, they have also shown the very best in us.
While watching the coverage of the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and fires, I noticed people coming together in ways that I have not seen in recent years. I noticed neighbors helping neighbors. Strangers from all over the country were helping those who needed help by using whatever means necessary. I saw people donating anything that they could to help the people affected. Most of the aid came from fellow Americans that live in every corner of the country. I even saw politicians, various government agencies, military members, first responders and utility workers, working together to solve the major problems plaguing those affected by these natural disasters.
I was inspired by all I was able to see, so much that we created our new design, “Texas Strong” to commemorate what we as a society can accomplish when we come together. I often wonder what it would be like if we could continue to work together and unite with one another without a natural disaster having to occur. Imagine a place where we could forget all of the things that divide us. Imagine a place where we can treat everyone with honor and respect. Imagine a place where everyone is included and accepted. I know that I would love to be a part of that society and that a natural disaster would not have to occur for this to exist.
I would like to leave you with three questions:
• How can we make a positive impact on our family, friends, neighbors, local community and nation?
• What actions should we take as individuals to ensure that we unite and treat each other with love, honor and respect to make our society a better place?
• How can we teach the next generation of Americans to live by these standards and pass them on to their future families?
Respond in the comments below. Let’s have a conversation!
Helicopter Image Credit: John Cetrino/EPA