Last week, when my electricity was out for just under 24 hours, I understood fully all I had was a minor inconvenience. There are people less then 50 miles away from where we live that are in total devastation, loss of not just "their stuff" that can be replaced eventually but the loss of their friends and family members. The people we choose to share our lives with are gifts that are priceless and we should try to take all the time we have with them to admire the things we love about them and try with all of our might not to focus and waste time on the negative things that don't define who any of us are.
While I was in line to vote today there was something that caught my eye. It was something called Rachel's Challenge, two large white boards with all of the student's signatures on it. There was a girl standing in line behind me who attends the middle school, waiting with her Grandmother. I decided to ask her about Rachel and the challenge. I have sheer gratitude for being in the right place at the right time today. To hear this teenage girl tell us the story of Rachel, it was bone chilling hearing her recall how good of a person she was, loved by everyone, the caring notes she left behind and the deep thoughts she kept about so many of life's challenges. Then to hear how she had sadly lost her life way too soon due to the Columbine shootings in 1999.
|Rachel's Challenge Website|
P.S. Please one other thing, what ever you can give, no matter how small even if it is of your yourself, please donate to your local charities to help the people living in your communities and if possible please help the people also struggling to get by who lost so much in Hurricane Sandy. The American Red Cross has a Relief Fund set up for those that can help. Thanks for listening and tag you are it. :-)
|American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund|