Thursday, September 9, 2010

Floods of human emotion

As I watch TV or read about current world events, it seems trivial to blog about my downsizing and de-cluttering project when I see people who have suddenly lost everything they own due to flooding in Pakistan. 

They have lost their homes, livelihoods, farmland and sentimental possessions.  They have even lost family and friends.  I cannot bear to watch the news.  The visuals are disturbing especially those of children needing the basics of life. 

Even with apprehension, wondering if the money, food, shelter and medical aid will reach those who really need it, I have been compelled to donate what I could muster up. 

Sitting in the comfort of my own home - humble as it may seem - I cannot turn away from this huge humanitarian challenge - and opportunity.  In five or ten years, I would want to hear stories from survivors - especially children -  that they were not abandoned by the seemingly "Evil West".  I would want to hear young men and women, educated with compassion and reason speak respectfully about their ability to overcome with the help of their fellow "man". Pakistan donation deadline nears


  1. We made a good donation to this cause as well. I wish there was more that could be done from here. In 1998 I was in Guatemala flying relief missions for Hurricane Mitch, even then there was so much more that could have been done.

  2. I feel the same way, Theresa. I try to remain aware of just how lucky I am which is easy when I read the acres of whining and complaining too many of us are prone to doing.
    The flood victims of Pakistan are people - just like you and me - and I like to think that if something equally devastating happened to us here that we could count on some kind of help from the international community.
    We are all one people sharing one planet. Let us all act as one.