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Lessons Learned from Sandy


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Last fall, here in NJ we experienced the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy. Where I live we were fortunate in that we only lost power for almost two weeks and lost a huge tree in the backyard.
In other parts of the state, especially the Jersey shore, people lost everything. Homes were destroyed, businesses washed away.
We, personally have recovered and moved on, making it easy to forget there are others not so fortunate.
Yesterday my hubby and I took a ride to Seaside Heights, one of the most popular spots at the Jersey Shore. It was a real eye opener.







As we walked around, viewing the boardwalk and the damages, it was bittersweet.







It was sad to see all of the destruction around us. Summertime amusements all destroyed, laying in pieces.







The remainder of peoples' homes and belongings laying in the trash.

But it was also encouraging. We saw restoration all around. Workers everywhere rebuilding the boardwalk, the stores, the homes. Everyone is embracing the spirit of hope and determination.
It struck me that along our journey here at SparkPeople we can learn from this. No matter how many times we get knocked down, whether by choices we make, or circumstances we cannot control, we need to get up and start again, stronger than before. We need to be determined in our resolve to reach our goals and not give up. We need to continually have hope and believe in ourselves.
The destruction of hurricane Sandy can inspire us to let nothing stand in the way of our success.
WE CAN DO THIS, friends!!!!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUNEAU2010 6/2/2013 11:36AM

    Inspirational, for sure! Beautifully photographed, too!

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LUCYLIN101 4/29/2013 3:34AM

    Ruthie, thanks for taking time to share with us. For some of us, a reminder is needed to pray for the folks who live with this tragedy daily.
I see that, like those who are rebuilding, I need to focus on what is ahead and put the wreckage of the past failures behind me. Inspiring blog!

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SHANSHE 4/28/2013 1:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!!! You make the destruction almost look good in your pics... great message of hope and inspiration!
Hugs,
Shan

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AQUAGIRL08 4/25/2013 8:06PM

    I love your message of hope! There is the possibility of a rainbow after every storm, we just have to look for it!

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RASPBERRY56 4/22/2013 7:56PM

    I'm struggling with a lot of adversity the last year or so (Not the least of which was Sandy).......even though I'm not in the best place in my head and moving on from all of this is quite difficult, I do thank you for sharing!

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AMY-MIMI77 4/22/2013 3:44PM

    YES WE CAN!!!

Thanks for sharing, I love your photos.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/22/2013 2:03PM

    Yes we can! emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 4/21/2013 2:43PM

    I loved the way you used your pictures in your blog. Yes, with every storm something good can come out of it too.

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SEAWILLOW 4/21/2013 10:01AM

    Awesome!

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FITANDFIFTY2 4/21/2013 12:19AM

    Ruthie, what a wonderful Blog and analogy!! I loved it! Thank you for the encouragement. Hugs, Kathy

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KATHYJO56 4/21/2013 12:16AM

    The pictures are heartbreaking. Keep your eyes on today and and you will move forward in the right direction.

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WALLAHALLA 4/20/2013 11:05PM

    Keep moving forward!

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OKBACK2ME 4/20/2013 7:06PM

    Human nature is to rise above catastrophes and rebuild! To survive we need to honor the past and embrace the future! I am sure the rebuilding in the area has already started!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2013 5:33PM

    DEFINITELY we can emerge from these trials stronger.

I feel for those who have just lost everything. It would require a tremendous amt. of courage and strength.

HUGS

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BARBARAROSE54 4/20/2013 5:24PM

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RAINBOWMF 4/20/2013 1:02PM

    You are so right, we all move on and forget. Out of the news and we forget there are many still suffering .

Everyday is a struggle. Thank you for the eye opener.

Mary

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READYBETTY 4/20/2013 12:22PM

    Ruthie, what an inspiring blog! We can overcome! Thanks so much for sharing.

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LIAMAY3 4/20/2013 11:32AM

    It is nice to be reminded of restoration and growth, the human spirit is certainly triumphant.

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FORBANDE 4/20/2013 11:10AM

    What a great blog! So many of us forget about the restoration process after something so devastating. You don't see it on the news anymore and we all move on. Thanks so much for the reminder and the message that we can always rebuild.



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GGRANLDY 4/20/2013 10:56AM

    Thanks Ruthie for the reminder that we need to pick up and keep going. The pictures are worth a thousand words. The media has moved on to other stories. But we continue to remember in prayer all the people affected by the storm.

Have an awesome weekend my friend. emoticon

God Bless You emoticon

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KITT52 4/20/2013 10:50AM

    yes we can....never give in or up

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VALYNN26 4/20/2013 10:33AM

    emoticon Wow! The pictures say so much..It don't matter how many times we fall/get knocked down what matters is we get back up & keep going. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 4/20/2013 10:19AM

    So sad to see the devastation. Yes, we need to keep moving forward! emoticon

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