Caring for Haiti

This has been an incredible time in history to watch the compassion and concern that pours from the world towards Haiti.

Many in the entertainment industry using their status to encourage people to send money. Leaders making the decisions to send in troops and from there commanders coordinating the logistics of getting around in a damaged country. Doctors and nurses working around the clock with limited instruments, medicine and light.  All the rescue personnel coming together with the goal of saving lives. Pilots and crew flying people and cargo in and out of Haiti safely and frequently.

It is without a doubt so hard to see what has happened and we know that it will take a long time for recovery but what we are learning is how closely are spirits are connected.  We are not that different from each other and in times of great crisis we are blessed with the opportunity to be reminded of this.

It appears the miles and borders can’t separates us. We are so fragile and need each other. The images will continue to pass by us over the coming days and weeks but we must be vigilant in not letting this go under our radar to soon. There is great suffering and desperation which will play out and it may be hard to judge whether what we are doing with our aid is getting through. People are going to try to survive in any way they can and so would we if we were in their shoes. Our hands must extend to Haiti and to all those who suffer in this world, we are the fortunate ones and it is at this time when I am acutely aware how important it is to give.

Charities need our help and I don’t know if you experience this but when I give, my heart benefits. Just as much as they benefit from my time or money, I benefit too. So, to my readers. Love more, laugh more, hug someone today, smile at someone you don’t know and most of all give.  This is a movement to raise the consciousness of the world.

How has the tragedy in Haiti affected you? Has it moved you to think differently about life?

6 Responses to Caring for Haiti

  1. Jen…My blog contains some updates on the background on the area and why some aid is not getting through.

    I had a lunch meeting today with a friend who works with VSO, in similar, disaster torn areas.

    She was there shortly after the earthquake that recently ravaged an impoverished area of Pakistan. Even now people are still picking up the pieces.

  2. Thanks Pat, I stayed up last night watching the other side of the coin reveal itself. Despite the compassion that has been shown, which I have talked about and am proud of, there definitely is some problems in reaching the people.

    I was stunned, to say the least, when hearing that a team of Belgian doctors were ordered to abandon a tent “hospital” station because their boss was told they couldn’t be guaranteed safety/protection. That left one American doctor to care for all the injured and dying. They eventually returned but what was that?

    So many levels to this crisis and a lot will be revealed as to effectiveness in response. None the less I’m grateful to see us try, the stumbling block seems to be big wigs outside of Haiti who are getting in the way.

    Reader, click on the link Trish in my blogroll and read what else is being reported.

  3. I came across some words, from Helen Keller, (another “Woman of Influence”), who echoes your sentiment of “giving benefitting your heart.”

    HAPPINESS CANNOT COME FROM WITHOUT,
    IT MUST COME FROM WITHIN.
    IT IS NOT WHAT WE SEE AND TOUCH,
    OR THAT WHAT OTHERS DO FOR US,
    WHICH MAKES US HAPPY;
    IT IS THAT WHICH WE THINK
    AND FEEL AND DO,
    FIRST FOR THE OTHER FELLOW
    AND THEN FOR OURSELVES…

    Helen Keller

  4. Like Katrina and The Towers and my own death, I cannot comprehend Haiti. Images only serve to stun my further, shocking me into numbness.

    The only person who was able to describe Haiti as a place that I could know was my father. In WWII, his father, a Colonel in the Marine Corps, was stationed there to protect the borders from Santo Domingo and the important geopolitical Panama Canal. My father’s father apparently relished in his own triumph there; my grandmother enjoyed the people of Haiti.

    My dad’s father died when he was 11 of alcoholism and to this day, I see the sadness in his eyes. For my father, Haiti is a place of hope and nostalgia. If only this could move mountains of debris.

  5. Pat, thank you so much for providing those words from Helen Keller. I have never seen them and they are very appropriate to what we are talking about. Always a treasure to find your additions to our conversations!

  6. Lydia, thank you for sharing such a personal connection as it pertains to your father and Haiti’s place in the family history. Truly, truly appreciated.

    The tragedy of Katrina,the tsunami and The Towers are forever imprinted on the souls of so many. We know where we were when we heard the news and our helplessness came soon after as the images registered.

    I believe that hope can move mountains because in hope there is incredible power. Collectively and individually many people have utilized the most toughest of circumstances as the step toward positive action. Through “hope” there was something better, something to learn and share in many ways it brings us together in a common goal.

    Really, it is the only thing that I can find solace in when times like this arise.

    Thanks again.

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