Character through adversity
Over the past week the southern and the midwestern states have been hit pretty hard with tragedy. Everything from tornadoes down south to massive flooding up here in the midwest, and amidst it all, I have seen a variety of posts on Facebook that have inspired me to say something. The most recent being a video of several bystanders who were working ferociously to rescue two small children from a truck that had been turned over into a flood zone. With the truck upside down and the cab submerged under water, ultimately they rescued the children. Thankfully they were able to retrieve them, and even more so, thankfully there were individuals on site that knew how to perform CPR. The collective efforts of that group saved the lives of two small children.
While many are struggling with tragic happenings, I continue to see examples of Americans rising up through adversity. My question to you is- why do we have to endure tragedy to show our amazing character as Americans? Why can’t this light shine through us every day? It’s through times like this that our true character rises to the top and reveals itself. It’s this character that excites me as an American.
It’s times like this that continue to remind me that every day there are hundreds upon thousands of individuals who armor up with their super hero uniforms: Fire fighters, Law Enforcement Officers, Emergency Medical Technicians and Service members.
Take a moment to let that sink in… while you are going about your day/night there are individuals out there who are risking their lives for you. When bad storms are rolling through, there are individuals scattered through out the community watching for tornadoes. While you are working there are individuals who are saving lives. While you are spending time with your family there are individuals who are working to protect you from evil. To all those who serve… THANK YOU! Thank you for your sacrifice, your service, your dedication and your commitment to our communities and our country.
I know that there is a lot of work ahead of us over the next couple of months but I find comfort in knowing that we will band together as a community to get through the hard times. Its just who we are… Americans. ~ Eric