I live at the Jersey Shore, outside of Atlantic City. Today we are experiencing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. On Monday Sandy started her taunt of the shore with high winds and heavy rain. Last night was the peak of the storm and the sound effects were frightening and unnerving! I should have gone in the basement to work out, shower, and meditate. Instead I drank margaritas by the fireplace; they helped. Lol!
Atlantic City, surrounding communities, and neighboring states like New York, experienced historical levels of flooding and destruction. Sandy was damaging!
Many residents’ homes flooded. Even worse, residents still cannot return home until officials give the okay. My home and my family are in tack. For this I am thankful; however I am deeply saddened because of the loss that others are experiencing.
This morning, my daughter announces, “Mom, Sean is fixing our tree out front.” Sean is my neighbor who lives next door. He is an educator, not a landscaper.
I don’t know what is up with this darn tree. This is the same tree that fell over during two previous storms. I think we need to move it. No, I know we need to move it.
I realize that we are just so doggone blessed!! This is the second time that a neighbor has helped with this tree.
Hubby and I raced to the front door. We see our neighbor, accompanied by his adorable and active 14 month old son working diligently to erect the uprooted tree. AMAZING! It’s cold! The wind is gusty! Yet he left the comfort of his warm home to help us.
My husband works in fire suppression, so last night he weathered the storm in the city. Sean thought hubby was still in Atlantic City working and didn’t want hubby to have to make the repairs after working all night. I appreciate his kindness.
The energy that we put out into the universe, positive or negative, always return to us.
Divine intervention never fails! I can recall a few unpleasant occasions when the situation appeared bleak, when suddenly the situation changed for the better. Divinity and karma, not luck, is our savior.
Case in point. I think I was around 21 years old. I’d financed this hot, cool, and sporty car. The problem? I could not afford the payments, but was determined to keep it. After a year or so of struggling, I fell behind in my car payments. The bank repossessed the car, but I got it back it back the next day. Finally I got smart and put the car up for sale. Early one morning I got a call from a potential buyer, who was a sales rep from a car dealership. Supposedly my make, model, and color was in demand. The dealership was located an hour a way. I went anyway with hubby (my boyfriend at the time). We were confident that the dealership’s intent was to persuade me to trade in the vehicle and buy another car, but we went anyway. The short of the story? I walked out of the dealership with a check in my hand. My car was paid off and I had a few dollars to spare. I didn’t have a ride home, but didn’t care… my problem was solved. You cannot tell me that was not divine intervention. Dealerships rarely buy cars outright from owners, but they did that day.
Anyway, back to today. This incident with Sean today is also an excellent comeback to abhorrence. In response to a comment my daughter recently made, a close family member says to her,
“…as long as they stay on their side of the street, I’m fine with them!”
“They,” are being non-blacks. Everything about this comment is wrong and irritates the heck out of me.
Hubby and I never preached hatred or racism in our home. We treat everyone the way we want to be treated and expect our children to do the same.
My neighbor’s random act of kindness today is a perfect example of why my family member’s conviction is wrong and why we should not prejudge.
My family’s black skin did not have any bearing on Sean’s (white skin) motivation to help us.
For those of us who are parents, we are obligated to teach our children to become decent adults.
We must teach our children (by example) to love, to have compassion, to have empathy, to show tolerance, and to be morally good citizens. If we don’t, then we (intentionally or not) continue to sanction the ignorance that continues to permeate our world.
“Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
- Dramatic Aerial Photo of Atlantic City Reveals Large Chunk of Iconic Boardwalk Swept Away by Sandy (gawker.com)
- Hurricane Sandy makes landfall near Atlantic City (nj.com)