Thursday, January 14, 2010

Perspective

On Monday I learned that my daughters preschool teacher is moving--next week. I panicked. If she doesn't go to preschool how will I find quiet time to write? How will she learn everything she needs to know before kindergarten next year? Can I find another preschool in the middle of the year?

Then the earthquake in Haiti put my worries in perspective. I can't think about all the people in Port-au-Prince without crying. I hope all the aid will ease their suffering. Their tragedy has reminded me of how much we have. I should never complain.

If you haven't already donated to one of the hundreds of charities sending relief to Haiti, and if you feel like you can, please do.

25 comments:

Joanne Fritz said...

Yes, you are so right, Natalie. I was worrying about my kids, my work schedule and my writing (having hit another snag) and then I heard about the earthquake. And it just puts it all in perspective, doesn't it?

We are so lucky. The least we can do is donate. Which I have done. But I did want to add a warning. Not all of the internet groups posing as charities are for real, people! Be careful where and how you donate.

Natalie said...

Yes, I've read about that too. Make sure to donate to known, respected charities.

Shelli said...

girl its awful i cried at the news all night

Lisa and Laura said...

So, so sad. I had a moment where I was complaining about our kitchen fridge being broken and having to walk all the way down our basement for milk and then I caught myself.

I hope that all of the donations and help the world is sending makes an impact soon.

Anissa said...

It is such a tragedy. So very sad.

Stephanie Thornton said...

It is so very sad. We went to Haiti a few years back (a very short trip) and it hit home that this could happen anywhere. Life is short and precious.

Catherine Denton said...

Perspective is so right. It's hard to think of anything else.
Winged Writer

Tabitha Bird said...

Oh, that is so true. Perspective is gold isn't it. I whine about my babies, but I did not loose them to some natural disaster. I have to remember to love where I am at, whereever that may be, because somewhere others are wishing they were here.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I've felt very quiet about it all and deeply sad. Our sponsor children live there. I'm sad, there's really no better way to put it.
~ Wendy

Linda Kage said...

I do feel petty lately for complaining about the cold weather. I still have more than I need, which is more than most people over there have.

Nisa said...

Isn't' that the truth? We have so much!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I know. It's amazing how something like this happens and our perspectives suddenly change.

Jessie Oliveros said...

My daily concerns are nothing to this.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You are so right Natalie. There is much to ponder about what is valuable and what is important right now.

Amy Tate said...

So true. Life changes so quickly - some minor, some major. We are so blessed, aren't we? All of the Haitian people are in my prayers.

Voidwalker said...

My heart goes out to Haiti and its people.

Melissa said...

I know. My heart is breaking for the people of Haiti now. Makes all of my worries seem petty in comparison.

L.T. Elliot said...

My heart and prayers are with the people of Haiti. It isn't always easy to remember how blessed we are but I feel overwhelming gratitude for it. In light of that, I feel like I must help.

Elana Johnson said...

It's amazing how wonderful life can be when put into perspective.

Susan R. Mills said...

Yes, we really all need to put things in perspective. Thanks for the reminder.

V. S said...

Haiti is on all of our prayers.

L. T. Host said...

I'm just glad that when these awful things strike, the rest of the world comes together to help. It renews my faith in humanity, as it were, to see us all put aside our differences and reach out to those who need it, even though our efforts can't bring back those they lost. My thoughts are with Haiti and her people, and I have been remembering to keep perspective.

Janna Qualman said...

Sometimes we need a little kick, don't we? It's just so sad when it comes by way of a huge tragedy.

For what it's worth, I do hope the preschool thing works out. It's all relative, and it'd be on my mind, too.

Daisy Whitney said...

I'm amazed at the reach of the charitable donations. I think blog messages like this as well as Twitter posts and status updates about the need to donate is really helping drive donations. I donated too. Thanks for the wise reminder of what is important right now and always.

Jessica said...

I got a rejection on a full the day after the earthquake and I was SO bummed...until I signed out of e-mail and saw the headlines. You're right, it's definitely perspective.