As a Hurricane Sandy survivor, it’s easy to feel sorry for one’s self. I did, for a couple of hours. It’s easy to forget. To lose one’s perspective, by forgetting those who lost much more, or most, or all of everything they had.
We didn’t have power for 92 hours, which broke our personal best of 44 hours from Hurricane Irene last year. Well, there are still those whose record meters are still running, and those whose record will never have an end to. No power, no house, no things. It’s hard to imagine a bounce back like that for me, the only comfort I have as an “other” not in that position, is to know it has been done many times before, some how, some way. My hope is those who’ve met more devastation than I come to see it that way soon.
As horrible as this event seems to me, I realized this all pales in comparison to what severely disabled people go through each day, for the rest of their lives. This brings me to a favorite fellow blogger, Laurie Carlson, whose site is linked below.
Have you ever heard of “Stiff Person Syndrome?”
Visit her site. Look at the ledger of things she can’t do, and what sheer Will enables her to do.
If you’re so inclined, include Laurie in your prayers, as I have, and let her remind you that no storm, or whatever the cause of a temporary or permanent disability, can affect your Spirit, only your mind if you let it.
To those of you in the Rutgers community, we have Eric Legrand to inspire us, and now, please include Laurie in our orbit of stars who we won’t let fall.