Hurricane Sandy Brings Out Our Best
I’ve been looking for a story Lisa told me yesterday about a woman who cooked for the strangers she opened her little apartment to after they were stranded by hurricane Sandy.
Lisa thought she saw it on HuffPost, so I started looking there for it.
I never did find that good news story, but I found plenty of others about what Sandy did to us (click to read each story):
- Competitors help each other stay in business
- Did New Yorkers loot? No, they took to the streets to … sing
- Little houses that could
- Stranded pets are not forgotten
- New York shelters and Red Cross missions have seen such an influx of donated time that they have actually needed to turn folks away
- People helped each other out
- People got friendly
- Politics were set aside as Gov. Christie shares high praise for President Obama
Here’s an excerpt from Alona that well represents the love, support, compassion and connection that Sandy brought out in us:
Workers from the bars, restaurants, and rental car places chose to come from all over the state and even New Jersey to work instead of staying home with their families. When I asked one why they came to work, they said, “Why should I stay home when I can be at work helping people?”
New York, I love you more than ever. How is that even possible?
I know it isn’t all good news from the experience of Sandy, but in the midst of the trauma and upset and the ongoing recovery, it’s worth remembering there’s much to celebrate.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the stories of Sandy:
- “… patiently waiting in long lines …”
- “Everywhere people were friendly.”
- “Firefighters and rescue workers have saved thousands of lives over the last two days …”
- “People really do help out.”
- “New Yorkers have hearts of gold.”
- “… revelers spilled out of a bar, strangers stopped in the street, and broke into song led by an accordionist.”
- “The conversations, like most campfires, were intimate, free flowing, and without agenda …”
- “… we’re all in this together.”
- “requires us to think about how we can make life better for everyone, not just for the members of our tribe.”
God bless us all. And thank you, east coasters, for showing us our true nature under pressure.