Today was supposed to be a day of celebration. It was the day that I was to celebrate the launch of this blog, the passion project I spent months creating as a gift to the world to help others find happiness, peace, and ohm.
Instead, I write this with a heavy heart after days of crying and assisting in raising money for various organizations involved in the effort to help the people of Haiti survive the terrible earthquake that happened a few days ago.
You see, I was among the people who could not find family members. My father, sisters and cousins to name a few live in the heart of Port-au-Prince and the days of not knowing if they survived were gut-wrenching. Late last night, I became one of the lucky ones. Miraculously they survived.
I cannot begin to tell the joy and gratitude I felt when I heard my father’s voice. I don’t think any words can fully encapsulate my feelings. Even though he and a few of my family members are sleeping on the streets and in his words “We are sleeping in a cemetery because there are so many dead bodies around us,” I know there are so many more who aren’t as lucky. I still have family members missing but through it all we must go on to support the people of Haiti.
I considered delaying the launch of the site because frankly I felt tired and worn out. However, I know that my weariness does not compare to what the people of Haiti are going through, what the aid workers who are working round the clock and witnessing the devastation are going through. So I use my voice for the millions that are crying and those that are working tirelessly to help them because I know now more than ever every voice is needed.
So instead of lamenting or feeling helpless or sorry I challenge you to give beyond what you thought you could and come up with creative ways to support those in need. Remember, the biggest gift you have to give is yourself so what’s listed below are only a few ideas.
“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, ‘Here, my poor man’, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself. It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver.” ~Swami Vivekananda