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Saturday, September 10 2011

"Whenever you fall, pick something up. "

 Oswald Avery

     One thing this life has taught me is that tragedy happens; it's what we make of it that has the greatest impact on our lives. At this moment wildfires continue to sweep across Texas. Homes and lives are being destroyed. Tragedy comes like dominoes falling across the state. And yet even as our world goes up in flames, the east coast is dealing with floods from record rains. While I am a "glass half full" kind of person, one may still wonder what good can come of such heartache.

     As each passing day brings more tragedy, the sun also rises and sets on shining examples of neighbors helping neighbors, of strangers stepping up to lift up strangers. While we often complain of the internet and social media as a fanciful whimsy of youth or folks with too much time on their hands, Facebook, Twitter, yahoo groups, and other media are connecting people in need with people who can help. My Yahoo groups are normally filled with emails regarding farming and raising livestock, yet now they serve as a lifeline to save farms. People are connecting on the internet. Strangers open up their ranches and their homes to refugees simply because they understand the enormity of this threat.

     I have been that refugee.  I know what it's like to load all my animals and what precious few possessions I could carry and depend upon strangers. Years later, I am still moved to tears at the memory of their kindness. I bless them now, as I blessed them then. I shall never forget the young man, baked and parched himself, who gave his last bottle of water to save a dying horse. I shall never forget the old rancher who saw stock trailers and knew horse people needed help. And I shall never forget the family of strangers who took us in, fed us, and took care of our animals. May God bless them each morning the sun rises and every night that it sets.

     And so this leads me to the key to unlock the secret to what is really important in this life - love your neighbor, even when he is a stranger.  

 

In the immortal words of Bronco Billy,

 "A hand-out is what you get from the government. A hand up is what you get from a friend."

 

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 10:23 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Comments:
I too have received help from strangers when times were rough. I had people I never met add my family to their prayers every night, I was given clothing and food both to assist and (as I felt it) as an outpouring of love and sympathy in a time of need. I have housed friends pets, I invited a family in who were living in an unsafe situation to come live with me. You don't receive material riches for doing such things, you just help make the world better for everyone.
Posted by CarolG on 09/10/2011 - 02:04 PM
For all the carrying on about how Facebook wastes time, it has been a lifeline for humans and their animals here in the Austin area. Sooo, many more lives and livestock would be lost if it weren't for FB and other sites like it. On the back side of it now, folks are finding out if their places are still there, they are receiving help with exactly what they need, and benefits are taking place for the homeless and the firemen alike---all with notes going out over FB.
Posted by CeeCee on 09/10/2011 - 03:53 PM
the Golden Rule of helping others, and the importance of sharing - those life lessons from kindergarden ARE the most important ones.
Posted by clairesmum on 09/11/2011 - 03:39 PM
Yep! All the secrets to life we really did learn in kindergarten!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/13/2011 - 07:58 PM

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