Last Friday afternoon I sat in the Jacksonville airport dealing with an extremely delayed flight because of a broken plane. As I sat in the terminal and watched Hurricane Harvey make landfall in South Texas, I quickly changed my perspective when I realized what was to come for the residents along the Texas coast. It is now a week later, the destruction in Aransas and flooding in Houston and Southeast Texas due to Harvey are the worst I have seen in my lifetime.
In January 2016, I wrote a blog, “Adversity Defines Us,” about the tornado that hit Rowlett, Texas, a few miles from my home, and the outpouring of assistance the community rallied to provide to heal the area. I saw that with my own eyes and helped where I could. The images we have all seen on television of South Texas this week are so much worse and far more widespread. Words cannot begin to describe the magnitude of the recovery that will be needed. There has been a tremendous response of people who have heeded the call from as far away as Oregon. They have loaded up their trucks and boats and traveled to help the city of Houston.
This morning I received an email with several outstanding quotes from Norman Vincent Peale, a minister and author. One in particular stood out and describes what is happening right now, “The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” He also said, “People become quite remarkable when they start thinking of all the things they can do.”
Texas needs positive energy today, tomorrow, and in the many months ahead. I know all who are reading this blog will be engaging in this effort, which is bigger than all of us. If you would like to contribute directly to the FNTI agents affected by the storm, click on the link below to donate to our YouCaring Fund.
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