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The Worst Bringing Out the Best

May 25, 2011

The Worst Bringing Out the Best

Floods.  Tornados.  Lives lost.  Injuries endured. Lives turned upside down. People are starting over from scratch because of the devastation caused by historic floods along the Mississippi River and tornados in the U.S. Midwest and southeast. Many have lost their homes and practically everything they own.  This has been a tragic spring.

Yet something amazing is also happening, which it always does when these events sweep down.  The human spirit prevails, and the generosity and kindness of others is extended in magnificent ways.

The Mississippi flooded low lying Vidalia, Louisiana, displacing practically the entire population and shutting down the town.  Across the river is Natchez, Mississippi, which sits on a hill and is often considered a rival for business and growth.  It remained dry.  The people, government, and businesses in Natchez opened their doors and homes and extended themselves everyway they could to help their counterparts across the river.  They could not prevent the flooding but they created a greater community and helped the people of Vidalia in their time of greatest need; giving them hope, compassion, and practical assistance.

This spirit is displayed over and over again in communities hard hit by severe weather and other catastrophic events, such as in Joplin, Missouri.  Neighbors helping neighbors.  Strangers helping strangers.  Humans helping relieve the suffering of others.

Why does it take a catastrophe to bring out the unselfish best in so many of us?  In normal times, and all times, we should be there for one another.  That’s the path to a fulfilling life.  It’s the greatness within us.

What unexpected and meaningful acts of kindness can you do today?  And tomorrow?  And the days that follow?  How can you show the magnificent spirit inside you?

Steve Weitzenkorn

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