In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, I am feeling a painfully overwhelming sense of gratitude for the safety my family and I shared. However, Sandy left the East Coast devastated with the loss of homes, businesses, and the MOST unbearable...life. What really drives the pain home? This was considered a Category 1 hurricane, and I ache for the Hurricane Katrina victims whom were hit with a much more severe storm.
The circumstances have forced our notoriously "on the go" New Yorkers to slow down and re-prioritize what's important. People have come together in the most astonishing ways to help. Each morning, since returning back to work, I've turned on Z100 and my spirit feels uplifted by all of the stories of people pooling together and distributing resources. Yet, with each passing day, I grow more restless with my routine drive to work, because I haven't been able to get out to help in the trenches. That's all about to change!
This weekend I plan on joining the Team Work Makes the Dream Work recovery effort! It's a group of friends that have gathered to contribute their resources, time, and compassion to help others. Their Facebook page will be updated with information on how you can help and photos documenting the journey as we move forward to round two of the recovery effort: Staten Island (round one: The Rockaways). As we now face the Nor'easter, and the snow continues to fall outside, our hearts break further for those suffering without heat to warm themselves tonight.
If you would like to help, here are some options:
Team Work Makes the Dream Work
Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help (multiple options listed on one page)
Live Beautifully Tip:
Ask yourself each day, "What I'm I grateful for?"