How To find strength from the world in a time of natures fury?
The world can be unsettling.
Mother Nature can unleash an unfathomable amount of fury at a moment’s notice.
Recently, everyone in the western hemisphere has been touched by Mother Nature’s fury. Irma. Jose. Maria. Terrible destruction from winds. Terrible destruction from floods. Terrible destruction from fire. Terrible destruction from earthquakes. In some cases the destruction is completely apocalyptic. For those who lived through it, life as they know it will never be the same. For those who love the ones who lived through it, the heartbreak and pain is almost as intense as we stay glued to the TV, internet, and social media desperately waiting for a glimpse of our loved ones to know they are okay. As the hours pass, sleepiness nights ensue, and images of an unimaginable future plays out in our minds. It is anxiety provoking. It is terrifying. It is a montage of unacceptable thoughts.
And then…we hear from loved ones. They are okay! But they have lost everything. No house. No workplace. No belongings. No water. No food. No shelter. No basic hygiene products. No hope.
Some give up hope completely. Some live in extreme fear. Some cannot bear the thought of waking up the next day. But some rise above. Some find strength in loved ones near and far. Some are comfortable asking for help. Some know that there are people out there who care. They lean on the big world out there and rely on the love and energy pouring in to them from friends and family. They lean on the ones who remember the way life used to be. They lean on solidarity. They lean on unity. They know that with united strength there is power. Power to survive. Power to wake up and face tomorrow. Power to create a future that is brighter than the past. Power to grow, thrive, and look toward a fruitful and bright future without looking back.
Houston, California, Mexico, Montana, Florida, Puerto Rico, USVIs, BVIs and my home away from home of St Barths and other beautiful Caribbean islands have all experienced the horrific wrath of Mother Nature in recent weeks. Life as they know it will never be the same. The thought of tomorrow is so challenging for many local people that it is almost too difficult to bear. But, what our friends in those areas must hear is that we are watching. We are listening. We are here and ready to help in any way that we can. They are not alone. The world is watching and the world cares.
No matter where you are in the world, we all wake up tomorrow. We all take our next breath. We are grateful for what we have and who we share our life with. No matter where you are in the world, near or far, we are united. We all need to commit to making tomorrow a better day than today for everyone, especially those recently affected by natural disaster. There is strength in numbers and the future is bright for those who stand in solidarity.
My dear friends on St Barths remind me every day that the simple gesture of writing a note telling them that I am thinking of them lets them know that they are not forgotten and gives them strength to face the next day. Our energy from 3000 miles away helps give them strength to face complete destruction and focus on the only option in front of them- a rebuild of their amazing, beautiful, and magical island to an even more beautiful and magical state than ever before.
Whether you know someone personally affected or not, please support relief efforts in the local areas that have been affected by recent natural disasters. Here are some links to efforts that I know are legitimate relief efforts being used in unique ways:
From my friends who are from St Thomas to support USVI and BVI:
Project Shine nonprofit organization supporting St Thomas recovery-Email Kayla Bruzzese at firstname.lastname@example.org for info. Organized by my friend who lives on St Thomas
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2C992PILKOIQS/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_3 (items requested by local people that are being shipped from the production studios at 20th Century Fox and shipped directly into St Thomas to those people-organized by a friend of mine)
From my friend from St Martin who’s family lost everything:
From people we know organizing private relief efforts to St Barths:
For the Pets:
General Disaster Relief:
Please comment if you know of any other private or non profit organization relief efforts.
From the hearts of my friends and their families who live in affected areas, thank you for reading this blog post and taking a few moments to think of them.
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(the photos on this page are of the house that my husband and I spend 3.5 weeks a year for the past 8 years-Villa Alouette, our home away from home in St Barths…)