As I sit here under the pines and oaks in relative peace with my Golden Kali by my side it’s easy to block out the world, the water, the wind, and the hardships imposed by both natural and human means. It would be easy, given the beauty and harmony at the Golden K. But it would be wrong.
Wrong because the Golden K is not an island, as is no man. The Golden K is a blessing not to be taken for granted. And the Golden K is part of the earth’s fabric, the political landscape’s fabric, and indeed the fabric of life. So as I sit here with the canine love of my life I also remember. I remember 16 years ago. I remember 16 days ago. And I remember 16 hours ago. I think of all the first responders who didn’t make their way out of the rubble. I think of the families and elderly who may have seen their lives literraly washed away. I think of the domestic animals who had to be left behind or those wild ones who had no time or means to find safety.
Many have been saying that the worst brings out the best in “us”. It has been wonderful, under these circumstances, to see unity and the collective human spirit rise above the elements that divided us just weeks ago slightly north of Irma. The 24 hour news cycle has been about humanity instead of political profanity. About saving lives instead of tearing them apart with hate. About life boats instead of walls. Talk about a kick in the teeth and wake up from mother nature. Is it coincidence that after the beating mother nature has given us over the past few weeks that the memory of 911 presents itself?
I philosophize here on the deck of the Golden K while so many are “practicalizing” on the porch of a flooded home or at ground zero in NYC with only the memories of someone dear who was lost. What else is there to do? Pack a bag and head into the “eye of the storm”?
What do we do? What can we do? When can we do it?
Prayers to all the 16’s. 16 years, 16 days, and 16 hours ago.