It's so easy to talk about and analyze what is wrong with things since Katrina hit one year ago. We all do it... cause it's what human's do. (Sad... but true.)
So, in light of the many reports on this day about what isn't going right in the clean-up efforts, in the support efforts... blah blah blah... I'd like to propose that we talk, think and act upon what is going right in the Gulf Coast.
per‧se‧ver‧ance [pur-suh-veer-uhns] is steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Perseverance is what the Gulf Coast is all about.
Let's focus on that.
Take a long look at the people who are still there, rebuilding their homes and working steadily to take back their history... to create a future and move forward.
Take a look at the people who've rebuilt their lives in other cities... determined to start fresh and put the devastation behind them.
Take a look at the hundreds... more like thousands... of people who aren't from the Gulf Coast who were called to put their own lives on hold to help.
I could go on and on.
My wish for this day and everyday is that we spend our time supporting the things that are going right and fix the things that need to be fixed with a positive attitude and tenacious will.
The people of the Gulf Coast don't need us to tear things down... Katrina already did that for them.
What they need us to help them persevere, to help them keep moving forward... no matter how slow or fast the progress.
My heart, respect and prayers go to everyone touched by Katrina.