Today I witnessed firsthand, parts of the storm damage from the tornadoes that struck St. Louis on Friday evening (which I very narrowly escaped…) and all I can tell you is that I could hardly believe my eyes! What I saw on CNN, national and local news, was surprising to me…and probably what I found most amazing was that with so much damage there was no loss of life! To witness this devastation in person was a real shock to me…and I did not expect to be so dumbfounded by witnessing what the wind can and did do so close to where I live!
I could not understand why it shocked me since I had seen the reports on the news…but I think it was then that I realized…we see the horrors of these natural disasters on television with more and more frequency lately, and I expect we tend to be somewhat desensitized…getting the gist of the event from a protected perspective…then, seeing it firsthand…it suddenly becomes very REAL…allowing us to better understand the magnitude of what friends in Christchurch, NZ, and in my home state of NC, and of course what the people of Japan, and Haiti, etc. have expressed after actually experiencing these things in a far more true and sensory way. My heart goes out to those who suffer from circumstances such as these! May you find resilience to rebuild and heal within your supportive communities!
As for the rest of us…the next time we turn on the television and hear of something extremely destructive that possibly even involves loss of life…maybe we will choose to look a little more closely…feel a little more compassionately…and remind ourselves that it isn’t just a story…it’s somebody’s real life!