Monday, November 18, 2013
Yesterday was pretty wild day here in Illinois. By now, many of you may know about the storms that ravaged our area and sent 60,000 people streaming from their seats at Soldier Field to get out of the storm.
As I watched out the window yesterday as the sky got darker and darker and wind picked up and the rain began, I already knew that there were towns that had been devastated by tornados. In fact, at one point the tornado was set to bear down on my town at 12:58pm.
Later that night as the news of the devastation began to be broadcast, I was struck by the randomness of it all. I'm not talking about the "why" of natural disasters but the "why not". Why not my home, my family, my town? So, while I'm feeling very blessed today that the storms that caused such devastation missed my town, I also know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of people whose lives were changed forever. People who had to find a place to stay last night and don't know where they will stay for the weeks and months to come. Kids who aren't in school today. Families who have lost everything, including loved ones.
These disasters cause us to pause and reflect and commit to living every day to the fullest and to making sure that those we love know that we love them. Because, you never know what today or tomorrow will bring. However, as the news crews leave and time goes on, we begin to forget and that's good. You can't live every day with the attitude that something could happen today that could tear your world apart. Imagine how neurotic we would all be.
However, we can try to be the best person we can be every day. We can be supportive and encouraging and kind and loving. We can do something every day that makes someone else's life just a little better. So much of what goes on around us is out of our control but we can choose to live our life with a purpose to make a difference, no matter how small, in the life of someone else.