Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I've been a little selfish!
I feel like I need to explain myself. I have been in an
"It's All About Moi" mode lately. I have this sign in my laundry room and its just a little silly thing to make me laugh, but if you read the words, why should I think its all about me?
While I have been scurrying around the house this week finishing a painting project, organizing my cabinets and tackling my paper pile, there are devastated and lost people in Haiti. How could I be living in my own little world here in Iowa when an earthquake has just devastated a country? Yesterday morning I didn't even know that this had happened. Where have I been? I started to watch the news last night and was just struck with shame that I have been worrying about what bins to use in the laundry room and how to organize the kids shoes when 100,000 people have just lost their lives.
I started to cry when I saw some of the pictures. I cannot even imagine what it would be like walking by bodies just lying in the streets. My heart is very heavy right now, knowing that those injured people waiting for medical care, will be waiting for a while, because their help isn't like ours around the corner. When help does get to them, will they still be there? Will their injuries end up killing them? How fortunate we are to have a hospital to go to and a doctor we can take our kids to when they have a bad cough. They don't have that luxury, they never did, will they ever?
I read an article of an American man who survived the earthquake. He said he was amazed that he didn't fall to the ground but stumbled around a bit just to get his bearings. He was in shock, but he knew he needed to start finding survivors. In the school that was nearby, he heard girls screaming for help. He realized he didn't have much to work with but found a small shovel and started digging. He tried his hardest but realized he wasn't strong enough. He told the girls he needed to leave to go find help. They screamed and yelled not to go but he told them to pray and that he would be back soon. The man walked 5 miles to get help, but when he got back to the girls he realized he had been gone too long, they both had passed away. The grief this man must have felt when he called out to them and they didn't answer. For one moment he was talking to them and the next they were gone. My prayers are with this man who tried all he could to save two people he didn't even know.
Did you know that 75% of the people in Haiti live off of less than $2.00 a day? Can you even imagine living off of $2.00 a day? Never in our wildest. Think about the coffee drinkers (I'm guilty of this), that spend about $5.00 a day on coffee, which is about $100.00 a month and over a course of a year that would mean about $1,200. Can you imagine what the people there could do with that money?
My prayers go out to all the people that were affected by this tragedy and to all the people that are on their way to help those in need.
If you want to help, you can text HAITI to 90999 to give $10 to the American Red Cross. I think I will donate my coffee money, I need to do something, won't you?