As I look at the news and all the posts on Facebook about the tornados on last night, I realize how precious and fleeting life is. The tornados that occurred in Dallas, Garland, Allen, and Desoto Texas on last night were devastating. People lost everything they owned and some even lost their lives. Any time mother nature decides to get upset things can get ugly. It reminded me once again to be grateful. We live in such a fast paced world that it becomes easy to take things for granted. We feel remorse whenever disaters happen to other people but it is never real until it happens to you. Being grateful allows us room to feel and serve even when things are not happening to us. I do not want to imagine what it would feel like to lose everything and right after such wonderful holidays. I hear a lot of people saying ‘those are just material things at least they have their lives’. Though this is true, no one wants to lose EVERYTHING; houses, mementos, memories, clothes, appliances, and etc. Yes these things are replaceable but it can be a long and tedious process that should not be undermined. Having to start over has to be a mental struggle within itself. We can not leave out the mental health of our neighbors as we begin to rebuild. As we walk into the New Year we should keep these people in prayer and if you can, find a non-profit and pitch in, every little bit helps. It is wonderful to keep people in prayers but action is also needed. The biggest lesson that I have learned in this time is that gratefulness is both a mindset and a lifestyle. We have to be eternally grateful because anything can be taken in a heartbeat.
As human we are naturally wired to have a sense of loyalty. Loyalty builds relationships that last for long periods of time. Loyalty also allows us to know who to trust and who to steer clear from. The question I have though, is why dos loyalty have to be so closed minded? For example if I am loyal to couch, can I not be friends or associate with my love seat. This thought came up yesterday while browsing through my time line. It was so many comments about the different disasters in the world. There was a great deal of fighting over what country to be loyal to.
I was saddened because most of the controversy and animosity was coming from my own people- African-Americans. Why as a black women do I have to be more outraged about Kenya than I do about France? Why can’t I be equally compassionate and concerned about all entities? I saw a meme on Facebook that read ‘Black people can care about Paris, the University of Missouri, HBCUS, police brutality, Syria, racial equality, Nigeria, education, and the election all at the same time without losing our “Black Card” It’s not a DAMN contest’.
This is my sentiment exactly. I don’t have to be partial to a crisis because of the race into which I was born. Truth is this planet is not as big as we would like to believe and when these tragedy’s happen they affect us all. I just wanted to touch on this subject because in order to get ahead we will HAVE to ALL come together because today it may be France but tomorrow it could possibly be at the United States front door. We should be so quick to dismiss issues that are global as ‘their problem’; they affect us all.