As I close my eyes and drift away to arrive at a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that as I take my footsteps to the locations where I volunteer, as much as I am happy to do so - there is a deep sadness that lays beneath me. Wondering why this happens, or course we can't give life an excuse, life happens, and it is how we bear life, our course, our actions that dependant on outcomes. I took myself to the George R. Brown Convention centre, and also the Catholic Charities located on Louisiana Street. Houston may have had floods, but now we see the floods of support, which are absolutely amazing.
How this city is working together to support each other is truly inspirational. I don't think I've seen anything quite like this. To operate and create recovery efforts as this scale is something that requires coordination. What is are seeing is not only coordination from one single organization, these are efforts of a whole city, and surrounding areas.
George R. Brown Convention Centre
As efforts continue I think that there needs to be some type of evaluation, risk, and needs based assessments. This will be helpful to allow the city to get back on it's feet. For example: The businesses in down town Houston - when will they re-open? How long will families need to stay in shelters? What is the plan for families staying in larger shelters such as the George R. Brown or the NRG stadium? I think that is would be a good idea to work with community shelters so that people in the larger shelters could eventually be moved into the community shelters.
Re-building is a going to be a long process, not to say that it cannot happen. Sometimes in times of crisis, it is easy to assume that the circumstances will not change. Sometimes we want everything to change at once. For those families / individuals in shelters it is a good idea to make priority lists, and make it a goal to complete one priority after another. Of course as much as we want life back to normal, we must take the time to care for the self, because you yourself are a resource as well.
Dedication: Our thoughts remain with the people of Houston, surrounding areas and Texas. We are strong, my thoughts to share with love & kindness.