The Best Thing From Hurricane Harvey

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National Guard helps Hurricane Harvey victims
Credits: U.S Department of Defense (https://www.defense.gov)

You’re probably wondering if the title of this post was right. You’re trying to spot for typo(s) but you see none. You’re reading this and you’re probably going, “How could they have said that?” How could there be a best thing from Hurricane Harvey? You’re probably upset. Don’t worry. Let us explain to you what we really mean.

So how bad is Hurricane Harvey? Take a look at this picture:

How Bad Hurricane Harvey Flooding Was
Credits: Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia, “Hurricane Harvey is an active weakening tropical cyclone that is causing unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas.” The biggest city that Hurricane Harvey has affected in Texas is Houston. We all know natural disasters are bad and they suck. It’s very hard or almost impossible to stop them, or to even avoid them. It’s so unfortunate this type natural occurrence had to happen. Families are broken apart and separated. So many families and family members were lost. Homes, cars, trucks, trailers, clothes, personal belongings, pets, and much, much more are destroyed. There are tons of things we’re not able to get back. Some of us have lost loved ones due to Hurricane Harvey. Some of us are hurt, broken, scared, stressed, or even distraught.

House destroyed by Hurricane Harvey
Credits: U.S Department of Defense (https://www.defense.gov)

Here’s one thing though.

The only thing I can change is attitude. Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

You’ll hear quotes from people saying how attitude is almost everything, if not, everything. It’s how people react to disasters or struggles in our life. Some are bigger than others. The biggest challenge from Hurricane Harvey is the lost families and things we have close to us.

Don’t panic. Yes we’ve lost but we’ve also gained. During the past few months, things have been rough. With our new President, our different political views, violent/shooting incidents, and much more, things were not going the way we wanted it to. Some of us are Democrats and some of us are Republicans. Many are white and many are black. Many are Christian and many are Muslim. At the end of the day, we’re all laying down and resting our brain and body. We all get tired. We all get stressed in one way or another. We all have family members. Because a person may be lighter skinned than another does not mean they have more of an advantage towards life. Mother nature doesn’t care what race, ethnicity, or religion we are.

Hurricane Harvey victims getting rescued by National Guard
Credits: U.S Department of Defense (https://www.defense.gov)

 

Think positive. Remember when we stated that attitude was everything in a situation? Well Hurricane Harvey is one of the best times to use your positivity. This reminds of us of a video where a group of strangers of almost every race and color join in to save a baby in a flipped vehicle during a flood. Here’s the video:

 

In times of need, do we see rioting or protests? Do we see people in a particular group marching for a cause? No. Don’t get us wrong, we all have the right to express our opinions and emotions. But in times of need, we all stand together. There’s no time to insult someone for their beliefs. People do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to help our fellow human beings in a disaster. Not once do we think about their skin color or their religion. Not once do we contemplate if one person is more important than the other person because of where they’re from, what they do, or what they believe in. We don’t question the significance or essence of one’s life in situations like these.

Take a look at these videos (you may need a Facebook account):

Dozens of people with boats make their way into Houston, Texas…

Dozens of people with boats make their way into Houston, Texas to help rescue those stranded by Hurricane Harvey.

Posted by ViralHog on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Citizens come together to pull a military truck from the floods

Posted by ViralHog on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Heroes of Hurricane Harvey

Dramatic water rescues caught on camera around Houston.

Posted by FOX5 Las Vegas on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Animal Rescue

Animal rescue groups are working overtime to find pets left behind during the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.Austin Pets Alive saved hundreds of stranded dogs, including many from local shelters, which would otherwise have been euthanized. "The people in Houston especially weren't really prepared for this," Austin Pets Alive Executive Director Dr. Ellen Jefferson told "Fox & Friends" on Monday. "I think it caught a lot of people unaware, and they're just trying to save their own lives."Emergency rescue groups' priority is human lives, but they have tried to save family pets whenever possible as well.Follow Austin Pets Alive's latest rescue efforts at:https://www.facebook.com/austinpetsalive/(via FoxNews.com)

Posted by PetFinder.my on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

 

People helping people is all it is!

Sometimes we wonder, what has to happen in order for us people to act like humans again. As you have probably seen and heard before, people say animals love better than humans. Animals are better than humans. What have we done to ourselves?

So what is the best thing that Hurricane Harvey has brought us? It’s brought us all back together. Hurricane Harvey has brought us one very important thing. It’s the revival of humanity. We’re starting to see the light of humanity in people. We’re one, together, whole. Cut us open and we all bleed red. Because remember at the end of the day, we’re all human. We hope Hurricane Harvey has brought us back together as much as possible. We work as one; not two, not three.

 

Person getting rescued by helicopter due to Hurricane Harvey
Credits: Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles

Disasters happen. We’re all going to encounter struggles in life. There are many “speed bumps” in everyone’s life. No one has it peaches and cream. Take the time now to make up to one another. Now is the time to forgive your friend for denigrating them because of their political views. Now is the time to love one another. Don’t want until disaster strikes because sometimes, it may be too late.

We’re all people and human. We all make mistakes. Give each other the benefit of the doubt. Give them a chance. Don’t start judging before you get to see their true self. See someone’s heart and not their outward appearance. Even if they do screw you over or mess up, give them a chance. We all deserve a chance. Wouldn’t you want a chance sometimes?

There. That’s the best thing that has come out of this chaotic tropic storm, Hurricane Harvey. It’s that we’ve gotten closer together. We may have not gotten close to the point where most of us wants to be, but we’re on the right track. Keep loving, forgiving, and keep giving. Together, we can get through anything.

In the meanwhile, you can use a hurricane tracker to track present or future hurricanes. You can also see the tropical storm Harvey affected areas.

Tropical storm Harvey has been such an unfortunate thing. It’s horrible and we continue to pray for those that are a part of it. We’ll continue to donate as much as we can until everything gets resolved and back to normal. We thank every person that is out there helping those that are stranded, hurt, missing, and more. If you’re near or close, we encourage you to go out there and help, in the right and safe way of course. If you can’t help, we motivate you to donate. We hope everything gets back to normal. Life will get better. Stay strong Texas, we’re with you.

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