Inspiring words via @abacocreek
My old man called me the day Irma was coming. I told him I would be staying with friends and he gave me some advice for the next few days: Be the calm. During and after the storm, be a comfort to those around you in any way you can, be safe, and use the down time to listen and commune with God.
I did listen, and the calm has been speaking to me so loudly. I know social media may be giving you the wrong impression, but on the ground? I've never seen more love openly expressed in Turks and Caicos. Every nationality and class is forced to mix and share and for the most part it has brought unity, new friendships, community, and joy where it wasn't before.
Despite the cynical remarks some have made about relief efforts of all forms, so so many people have given and volunteered selflessly and I genuinely believe Irma broke down some of the cultural boundaries segregating different groups in this country in what has been a humbling experience for all.
Many of us still have no power, or have damaged roofs over our heads, fighting heat and mosquitoes to get a good night's rest... but the stars have never been brighter. The sunsets have never been as incredible. The calm is speaking and saying to please pay attention to the little things. Have a BBQ with your neighbors. Swim more. Marvel at the universe.
Funny how much joy the little things can bring you when you're forced to pull your head out of your technology/busy bubble.
#tcistrong #tci #hurricaneirma #oceanicalchemy #unity